Date: September 21, 2013
Author: Omnisport

Scott second as Stenson extends lead

A blistering front-nine has helped Sweden&aposs Henrik Stenson extend his lead to four shots at the halfway stage of the Tour Championship. Stenson, who started the round with a one-shot lead from Australia&aposs Adam Scott, birdied three of the first four holes before finishing the round with a four-under 66 at East Lake Golf Club. The 37-year-old Swede, who is currently second on the FedEx Cup standings, had just the one blemish when he bogeyed the par-four 10th. But after moving to 10-under through 36 holes, Stenson&aposs lowest-ever total at this stage of a tournament, he is in a strong position to win the event and claim the $10million purse as FedEx Cup champion. Scott overcame a tough start in Atlanta to stay within striking distance after shooting a one-under 69. The Australian bogeyed the first and fourth holes, either side of a birdie at three, before picking up two shots on the run home to stay in outright second spot. Scott, who won the opening play-off event The Barclays to be third on the FedEx Cup standings, can also wrap up the overall title with a victory over the weekend. Young American Jordan Spieth is up to third after posting a 67, one stroke clear of compatriots Dustin Johnson (68), Billy Horschel (70) and England&aposs Justin Rose (68). Zach Johnson leads a group of five at three under after a 68 while, Phil Mickelson had three birdies on the back nine to shoot 67 and move to two under. FedEx Cup leader and world number one Tiger Woods looked on track for the round of the day as he surged up the leaderboard picking up five shots through the first 13 holes. After failing to hit a birdie in his opening round, Woods had five up until 13 when the wheels feel off. Woods dropped six shots over the last five holes, including a triple bogey at 17, to finish with a 71 and 14-shots off the pace at four over, alongside PGA Championship winner Jason Dufner (70) and Brandt Snedeker (75). The only other Australian in the field Jason Day had a poor day, hitting a four over 74 to sit two over in a tie for 23rd with Zimbabwe&aposs Brendon De Jonge.