Spieth leads Stenson by one at Tour Championship


Jordan Spieth buried a 20-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to shoot a 2-under 68 Saturday and pass Henrik Stenson for the lead at the Tour Championship. Here's how things stand through 54 holes at East Lake, where Spieth leads Stenson by one.

Leaderboard: Spieth (-8), Stenson (-7), Fowler (-4), Casey (-4)

What it means: Up three to start the day, Stenson’s lead vanished on 17 after he failed to save par from the greenside bunker, and he found himself suddenly trailing when Spieth birdied 18. Despite shooting a 2-over 72, Stenson remains in position to win Sunday's jackpot. The steely Swede has not won on the PGA Tour since his double trophy lift at East Lake in 2013, when he took home both the Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup. He has the chance to do the same tomorrow and join Tiger Woods as the only players to win multiple FedEx Cups. Spieth, separately, could cap off his dominant year with his fifth title and put an end to any lingering Player of the Year debates.

Round of the day: Rickie Fowler rolled in a 15-footer for birdie on the 18th hole to shoot a 3-under-par 67. After making three bogeys on the front and going out in 1-over 36, Fowler made four birdies across a spotless final nine to close in 31.

Biggest disappointment: On a difficult day to score at East Lake, Rory McIlroy put enough circles on his scorecard to vault himself to the top of the leaderboard; he just made too many mistakes. McIlroy traded six birdies for four bogeys and a closing double bogey on No. 18. After his 4-iron came up short of the green on the par-3 finishing hole, McIlory struggled to find his footing on a slope above the front bunker and ended up running his chip shot into the back fringe, from where he would three-putt. After making just two pars on the back nine at Nos. 10 and 11, McIlroy signed for an even-par 70. He now finds himself five back.

Shots of the day: Two putts, both from Spieth. After blowing his tee shot at the par-4 16th way right and failing to find the fairway with a punch from the woods, Spieth poured in a 22-foot putt for par to stay, at the time, just one back of Stenson, before tying him on the next hole. He took the lead outright with his 20-foot make at the last.

Storyline to watch heading into Sunday: Stenson, Spieth and Fowler would all win the FedEx Cup with a win tomorrow. The payout for winning both the Tour Championship and FedEx Cup is $11,485,000.