HENRIK Stenson remained firmly on course for a payday of more than $11million midway through the final round of the Tour Championship in Atlanta last night.
As one of the top five in the FedEx Cup standings coming into the event, Stenson knew that victory at East Lake would see him win the tournament’s first prize of $1.4m and the $10m FedEx Cup bonus.
The Swede had led by nine shots midway through the third round but bogeyed three of his last five holes to take a four-shot lead over Dustin Johnson into the final round. That lead was down to three when Johnson holed from 15 feet for birdie on the third, but the American then three-putted the fifth from long range and bogeyed the sixth after chipping seven feet past the pin.
Rookie Jordan Spieth got within four shots of Stenson’s lead when he birdied seven, eight and nine but Stenson replied with a birdie of his own from two feet on the seventh.
A drive into the rough on the par-five ninth meant Stenson could not reach the green in two and had to settle for a par, but Johnson produced a birdie.
At 12 under, Stenson led by five from Johnson, Spieth and Steve Stricker.
World No 1 Tiger Woods, who was top of the FedEx standings coming into the week, carded a closing 67, his best round of the week, to finish level par and take up a position of 23rd in the 30-man field.