Henrik Stenson continues to make a strong case that he is the best golfer on the planet at this point in time. He birdied three of the first four holes to start the second round of The 2013 Tour Championship, and then cruised to a round of 66.
He built his lead into a four stroke advantage over Masters Champ Adam Scott headed into today's third round. If he continues this type of play or if the field doesn't step up, then he'll not only hold the Tour Championship trophy tomorrow, he'll also hold the FedEx Cup championship trophy and its $10 Million bonus.
Scott only managed a 69 to maintain his hold on second, but it'll take a better effort to put some heat on Stenson. Rookie wonderkind Jordan Spieth added a 67 to his opening round 68 to settle into third place alone at -5.
U.S. Open Champ Justin Rose, Dustin Johnson, and Billy Horschel enter today tied for fourth at -4. They're followed by a group of five at -3, led by Keegan Bradley and Nick Watney, who both shot the low rounds of the day at 65 to give themselves a chance.
Right now it appears that Stenson, Scott, and perhaps Zach Johnson (-3) are the ones with the most realistic chance of capturing the FedEx Cup. While anything can happen, it's likely going to take a big collapse by Stenson and Scott, combined by a huge charge and victory by either Steve Stricker (-3) or Mickelson (-2) for it to be someone else.
Tiger Woods followed his opening round 73 with a tepid 71. While it moved him up in the field from 29th to a tie for 26th, he'll have to go very low to get into the mix today. He's still very much alive mathematically in the FedEx Cup race, but another over par performance today will effectively kill any slim chance he's got.
Stenson's round was even more impressive because he played it with only 13 clubs in his bag after he broke his 4-wood on the driving range before he tee'd off. At least this time it was an accident, unlike this past Monday at Conway Farms Golf Club after the BMW Championship, when he smashed his driver in frustration at the end of his final round there.
"I don't think I've ever started a round with 13, not that I can remember. It might have happened," Stenson said. "But in general, I try to keep it at 14. Most rounds I manage to finish with 14, as well."
While Adam Scott was generally pleased with his second round, he acknowledged the great play of his playing partner, but as stated to Steve Demeglio of USA Today, the field will try to make him earn things today and tomorrow.
" … Look, Henrik is playing fantastic. So he's got this thing under control at the moment. But … there's too many good players here. It's not just myself or someone at 5 under. Someone back at 3 and 2 can still have a run at this thing. If it is softer (Saturday) because of rain, there could be a lot better scores because it's playing probably as tricky as it can at the moment, and if it softens up, I'd expect the scores to be a little better."
The field tees off earlier than normal today, as Tour Championship officials wanted to make it easier for fans to come out and watch the best in the world and still make it back to their big screens in time to watch their favorite college football teams.
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