Stenson Leads Tour Championship as Woods Stumbles Down StretchMichael Buteau
Henrik Stenson holds a five-shot lead at 9 under par in today’s second round of the Tour Championship, the final event of the U.S. PGA Tour’s playoffs.
The winner of the 30-player, season-ending tournament at Atlanta’s East Lake Golf Club receives $1.4 million. A victory for any player in the top five of the FedEx Cup standings would secure a $10 million bonus.
Stenson had three birdies through his opening eight holes, while Adam Scott, the Masters Tournament winner from Australia, had two bogeys and a birdie over the same stretch to fall to 4 under. He began the day one shot behind Stenson.
Tiger Woods, a two-time winner of the points competition, played his final five holes today in 5 over par after being 5 under through his first 13. He’s 3 over for the tournament.
“I’m tired,” Woods told reporters before slowly walking to his car in the players’ parking lot. “It’s just been a long grind.”
Woods ended his round with a double bogey on the 14th hole, a bogey on the 16th and a triple bogey on the 17th, where he hit his tee shot into water on the left side of the fairway.
“My legs were just tired,” he said of that shot. “I didn’t rotate through the ball and I turned it over.”
Woods’s 3-over-par 73 yesterday was the first time he failed to make a birdie in a professional round since the start of the 2010 U.S. Open and only the seventh time in his professional career. He birdied the third hole today to end the streak at 21 holes.
“It was nice to finally make a birdie,” he said.
Woods, the points leader coming into the event, is tied for last place in the tournament as second-round play continues. He’s 13 shots behind Stenson, the Deutsche Bank Championship winner from Sweden. Stenson is second in the standings behind Woods.
Scott, who won the playoff-opening Barclays event in New Jersey last month, is third in the standings, followed by BMW Championship winner Zach Johnson and Matt Kuchar, both Americans.
Scott is tied for second with Roberto Castro and Jordan Spieth, one shot ahead of a group of seven players, including 2011 PGA Championship winner Keegan Bradley.