With tee times moved up Saturday to avoid approaching inclement weather, Henrik Stenson remained in command of the season's final FedEx Cup Playoff event. Here's how things shape up heading into the final round of the Tour Championship, where Stenson will start with the same four-shot advantage with which he began the third round:
What it means: Though the Swede led by nine shots at one point Saturday morning, he appears well on his way to a Tour Championship title – and the season-long FedEx Cup crown that would come with –despite bogeys on three of his final five holes. After a third-round 69, he'll be joined in the final pairing Sunday by Johnson, who was the last man into this week's elite field but is making the most of his newfound opportunity.
Round of the day: Though he found himself in last place after an opening 74, Jason Dufner bounced back Saturday to card a bogey-free, 4-under 66 to return to even par for the week. The reigning PGA champion carded three front-nine birdies and remained steady on his inward half, reaching 13 of 18 greens in regulation. He'll now begin the final round tied for 18th, 11 behind Stenson.
Best of the rest: Like Johnson, Luke Donald snuck into this week's field at the last minute and is capitalizing on his chance. After a 3-under 67, the Englishman finds himself back inside the top 10, tied for eighth at 3-under 207 with 18 holes to go. Donald recorded five birdies on his round, including three across his final six holes, and moved up 13 spots on the leaderboard as a result.
Biggest disappointment: Beginning the day with hopes of claiming Player of the Year honors with a win this weekend, Adam Scott battled health issues while carding a 4-over 74. The reigning Masters champ required an IV treatment in advance of his round and struggled from the start, playing his first five holes in 4 over. Though he started the morning within four shots of Stenson, the Aussie is now 2 under for the week and nine shots off the pace with just one round to go.
Main storyline heading into Sunday: For much of the week this event has appeared to be Stenson's to lose, and that certainly seems to be the case heading into the final round. After dropping off the map following his 2009 Players Championship win, Stenson is on the verge of capping a remarkable comeback campaign with two playoff wins and the $10 million top prize.