Stenson leads Fowler by one at Deutsche Bank


Henrik Stenson posted a 6-under 65 Sunday to take a one shot lead over Rickie Fowler heading into the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship. Here's how things look heading into the Labor Day finish:

Leaderboard: Stenson (-13), Fowler (-12), Jones (-11), O'Hair (-11), Knox (-10)

What it means: We're looking at a duel between two of the top 10 players in the world. Stenson, the Deutsche Bank winner in 2013, is looking for his first PGA Tour victory since taking home that year’s Tour Championship and FedEx Cup. Fowler, meanwhile, has been overshadowed by Jordan Spieth and Jason Day in recent months, but he’s looking for his third victory this year after wins at The Players and the Scottish Open. Both players are projected to move into the FedEx Cup top 5 with a first- or second-place finish Monday. The top 5 on the points list heading into season's final event guarantee themselves a FedEx Cup victory with a win at East Lake. Separately, Jones, just two back, needs at least a third place finish to crack the top 10 on the International points list, earning him a spot in next month's Presidents Cup

Round of the day: Hunter Mahan is the only player to have made the Tour Championship every year since the start of the playoffs. The postseason stalwart posted a 7-under 64 in Round 3 and is currently projected No. 66, which temporarily has him through to the BMW Championship.

Best of the rest: Stenson played the front nine in 5 under thanks to three birdies and an eagle at the driveable par-4 fourth. Vying for the lead after the turn, Stenson made eight straight pars on Nos. 10-17 before closing with a birdie on the par-5 finishing hole.

Biggest disappointment: Overnight leader Charley Hoffman opened with a birdie and then made six bogeys in his next eight holes to go out in 41. The 2010 Deutsche champ battled a balky back to a 5-over 76.

Shot of the day: Defending champion Chris Kirk holed out for eagle from 137 yards at the par-4 17th.

After playing his first two rounds a combined 1 over, Kirk turned in a 4-under 67 Sunday.

Quote of the day: "Henrik and I are going to have a good time tomorrow. Hopefully we can go head to head and be the guys in front and see who plays the better golf tomorrow." - Fowler

Storylines to watch on Sunday: Despite missing his second consecutive cut, Spieth will retake No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking so long as McIlroy (T-64) finishes outside the top 10 and Day (T-25) doesn’t win. Also keep an eye on the names on the FedEx Cup bubble. Keegan Bradley is projected to finish 69th and Bryce Molder, for the moment, is No. 70. Luke Donald, 3 under this week, currently sits outside the cut-off at 79th.