How it Happened: Stenson keeps 4-shot edge

Henrik Stenson during Saturday's third round at the Tour Championship, the final event of the 2013 FedEx Cup playoffs on PGA Tour, at East Lake in Atlanta.

Henrik Stenson during Saturday's third round at the Tour Championship, the final event of the 2013 FedEx Cup playoffs on PGA Tour, at East Lake in Atlanta.

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Henrik Stenson maintained his lead of four shots Saturday at the Tour Championship while Dustin Johnson rose to second place.

Stenson, who won the Deutsche Bank Championship earlier during this year's FedEx Cup, is 11 under through 54 holes after a third-round 69 during which he shone early – touring East Lake's front nine in 4 under again – before wobbling late.

As for World No. 1 and FedEx Cup points leader Tiger Woods? He improved again with a 69 but remains near the bottom of the leaderboard at T-26.

Tiger talks of focus after third-round 69 leaves him T-26.

Recap the third-round action here – and scroll down to check out our championship coverage to date:

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Update No. 27: 1:52 p.m. EDT

Another bogey sends Henrik Stenson to the clubhouse at 11 under after a 1-under 69. Stenson hit his tee shot at the par-3 18th onto the green but proceeded to take three putts for the first time today, from about 50 feet.

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Update No. 26: 1:39 p.m. EDT

Leader Henrik Stenson's tee-to-green game has somehow disappeared, but his putter remains hot. Hitting it in the rough off the 17th tee, Stenson then hits his approach into a bunker. A sand save capped by about a 15-foot putt keeps him at 12 under, five shots ahead of Dustin Johnson – who has moved from 30th in FedEx Cup points to a projected seventh.

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Update No. 25: 1:33 p.m. EDT

Dustin Johnson hits his tee shot at the par-3 18th into a bunker at the front right of the green, then leaves himself long par putt that he sinks. That gives him a 67 that lifts him into Sunday's final group at 7 under as leader Henrik Stenson comes down the stretch a bit wobbly.

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Update No. 24: 1:28 p.m. EDT

Zach Johnson, who started the week third in FedEx Cup points, finishes birdie-par to post a 69 that has him T-5 at 4 under – a win tomorrow would give him the Cup, but he's seven back of the lead as he heads to the clubhouse.

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Update No. 23: 1:18 p.m. EDT

Leader Henrik Stenson finds a fairway bunker off the 16th tee and is left to scramble again, playing short of the green and hitting his third shot to about 20 feet. A two-putt bogey knocks Stenson back to 12 under, five ahead of Dustin Johnson after the latter pars the 17th.

Steve Stricker wraps up a 68 with three straight pars to stand T-3 at 5 under as he heads in.

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Update No. 22: 1:08 p.m. EDT

Jordan Spieth gets back to even par with birdies at Nos. 12 and 15; he's 5 under for the tournament, T-3 alongside Steve Stricker.

Luke Donald finishes with three birdies and three pars to wrap up a 67 that carries him to T-7 at 3 under for the week.

• • •

Update No. 21: 1:01 p.m. EDT

Leader Henrik Stenson chips to inside 5 feet for a birdie look at the par-5 15th, and he completes the up-and-down to move back to 13 under and answer Dustin Johnson's birdie a hole ahead moments ago. Stenson, by the way, has just four birdies this week on East Lake's back nine, one today.

• • •

Update No. 20: 12:55 p.m. EDT

Strong approach by Dustin Johnson at No. 16 gives him about a 5-footer for birdie that he sinks to move to 7 under. A hole back, leader Henrik Stenson is greenside in two at the 525-yard par 5, looking to add to his 12-under total.

• • •

Update No. 19: 12:46 p.m. EDT

Leader Henrik Stenson uncorks a long but errant tee shot at the 14th, then struggles to recover after taking a drop. He pitches on in four and makes a 10-footer or more to control the damage with a bogey, his lead thinning out a bit to six shots at 12 under.

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Update No. 18: 12:39 p.m. EDT

Dustin Johnson birdies the 15th to move back to 6 under, quickly erasing his lone bogey of the day amid a 2-under round so far. Leader Henrik Stenson has found trouble at the 14th, meanwhile.

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Update No. 17: 12:24 p.m. EDT

Leader Henrik Stenson misses the fairway, then the green, at the par-4 13th hole. He hits from a greenside bunker to about 5 feet or so, then makes his par putt to remain 13 under.

Steve Stricker has birdies at Nos. 14-15, for three in his last four holes, and rises to 5 under. That's good for T-2 as Dustin Johnson bogeys No. 14 from a greenside bunker to fall to that mark.

• • •

Update No. 16: 12:12 p.m. EDT

Let's recap the top five in FedEx Cup points to start the week, which gave them a chance to claim the season's $10 million prize outright with a win during the Tour Championship:

  • 1. Tiger Woods: T-26 at 3 over; 1-under 69 today.
  • 2. Henrik Stenson: Leader at 13 under; 3 under through 12 holes today.
  • 3. Adam Scott: T-16 at 1 under; 5 over through 12 holes today (ill).
  • 4. Zach Johnson: T-8 at 3 under; even par through 14 holes today.
  • 5. Matt Kuchar: 25th at 2 over; 1-under 69 today.

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Update No. 15: 12:05 p.m. EDT

Leader Henrik Stenson has done most of his damage on the front nine this week – perhaps all, depending on how you look at it, as he's even par on East Lake's back nine through 20 holes. So the weather still stands a chance of bringing him back toward the field. Stenson appears unflinching at No. 12 though, with a textbook fairway-green approach giving him about a 25-foot birdie try on the par 4. He two-putts for par to remain 13 under.

Jason Dufner has the round of the day so far, a 4-under 66 that pulls him to even par and T-18 as he heads in.

• • •

Update No. 14: 11:51 a.m. EDT

Does Dustin Johnson see an opportunity? Following leader Henrik Stenson's bogey, Johnson birdies to narrow the gap to seven shots. Stenson's tee shot at the par-3 11th settles on the green about 30 feet or more from the pin and he two-putts from there for a par to settle himself and remain 13 under.

  • TIGER TRACKER: The par-3 18th is listed at 235 yards today, and Tiger Woods finds the green leaving about 25-30 feet for one last birdie try. He settles for a two-putt par, common for Tiger today, and will head to the scorer's tent at T-26.
  • 1-under 69 today; 3 over for tournament.

• • •

Update No. 13: 11:42 a.m. EDT

A rough start to the back nine for leader Henrik Stenson as he misses the fairway and green, carding his first bogey of the day after failing to get up and down. The Swede still leads by eight. Dustin Johnson extends his par streak to seven holes.

TIGER TRACKER: At No. 17, a 455-yard par 4, Tiger Woods finds the fairway before hitting it to the left-side apron of the green. He makes par from there and heads to the last. 1 under today; 3 over for tournament.

• • •

Update No. 12: 11:28 a.m. EDT

Jason Dufner birdies the 16th to join Brandt Snedeker and leader Henrik Stenson at 4 under for the round; unlike the dominant Stenson, Dufner and Snedeker are among four players T-19 at even par.

TIGER TRACKER: From a greenside bunker at the 481-yard, par-4 16th, Tiger Woods converts a sand save to remain T-26. 1 under today; 3 over for tournament.

• • •

Update No. 11: 11:23 a.m. EDT

Leader Henrik Stenson booms one down the fairway at the par-5 ninth, then misses the green with his second shot. He pitches to inside 5 feet and makes the birdie putt to move to 14 under. Stenson leads by nine – and is a substantial 13 under in 27 holes on East Lake's front nine.

Brandt Snedeker is 4 under today with five birdies since a bogey at No. 5. He rises to T-19 at even par.

TIGER TRACKER: Back to tee-shot trouble for Tiger Woods as he misses the 16th fairway wide right, then hits his second shot into a greenside bunker.

• • •

Update No. 10: 11:11 a.m. EDT

A birdie at No. 8 today or tomorrow would give the Swede one on each hole along East Lake's front nine this week. Stenson finds the fairway and leaves himself just more than 100 yards in, then finds the green but more than 30 feet from the hole. He two putts for par to remain 13 under, still eight shots ahead of Dustin Johnson.

Adam Scott settles down a bit perhaps, with his first back-to-back pars of the third round at Nos. 6-7, but bogeys No. 8. The Aussie, 5 over today with three bogeys and a double, fell ill yesterday evening and is likely playing while sick today.

TIGER TRACKER: Another fairway for Tiger Woods at the 525-yard, par-5 15th hole – after which he finds the greenside bunker in two and gets up-and-down for birdie. 1 under today; 3 over for tournament.

• • •

Update No. 9: 10:49 a.m. EDT

Indeed, leader Henrik Stenson converts his latest birdie chance from about 8 feet at the seventh hole and moves to 13 under. The Swede entered the week second in FedEx Cup points and can win its $10 million prize simply by winning this Tour Championship – he's eight shots ahead of Dustin Johnson, who has made four straight pars.

TIGER TRACKER: Need we mention that trouble left off the 14th tee was where a strong round unraveled for Tiger Woods on Friday? He hasn't birdied since. Tiger's approach here lands short in the rough. From there he chips in – ending his birdie drought and getting back to level for the round. Even par today; 4 over for tournament.

• • •

Update No. 8: 10:44 a.m. EDT

What's this guy doing anyway, and can we all do it too? Leader Henrik Stenson finds the fairway at No. 7 and hits it inside 10 feet for another solid birdie opportunity – already leading by seven shots, even a wet day isn't stopping Stenson.

TIGER TRACKER: At the 14th, a 442-yard par 4, Tiger Woods misses left (most of the day he's been too far right off the tee).

• • •

Update No. 7: 10:39 a.m. EDT

Leader Henrik Stenson is steady with the putter again, two-putting from more than 30 feet to remain 12 under and seven ahead of Dustin Johnson.

Matt Kuchar gets to 3 under for the day with a birdie at No. 12 and is even par for the tourney at T-19.

TIGER TRACKER: From just inside 20 feet at No. 13, Tiger Woods misses again and settles for par – not having made birdie since playing this hole yesterday. 1 over today; 5 over for tournament.

• • •

Update No. 6: 10:32 a.m. EDT

Bill Haas birdies at Nos. 8-9 to move to T-5 at 3 under. Adam Scott, meanwhile, might still be feeling ill and is 4 under through five holes to fall to T-10 at 2 under.

At the par-3 sixth hole, Leader Henrik Stenson again finds the green and again leaves himself a long birdie try.

TIGER TRACKER: Finding the left side of the fairway off the tee at the 476-yard, par-4 13th, Tiger Woods then hits it to about 20 feet for another birdie look.

• • •

Update No. 5: 10:25 a.m. EDT

Leader Henrik Stenson finds the green at No. 5 in regulation, but is about 50 feet from the pin. He lags to about 3 feet and makes par to remain 12 under for the tournament.

Dustin Johnson, in second, pars No. 6 to remain seven shots back.

TIGER TRACKER: From about 30 feet or so, Tiger runs his putt long but keeps it inside 5 feet and makes the comebacker for another par; he's gone 17 holes since his last birdie. 1 over today; 5 over for tournament.

• • •

Update No. 4: 10:16 a.m. EDT

The round of the day so far is shared by Jason Dufner and Brandt Snedeker, who are 3 under through 11 and 12 holes respectively but still over par for the week.

TIGER TRACKER: Erratic off the tee today, Tiger Woods takes iron off the tee at the 12th, a 391-yard par 4, and finds the short grass. He then hits to the green but faces a 30-foot birdie try.

• • •

Update No. 3: 10:10 a.m. EDT

Judging by the early pace of play for leader Henrik Stenson's group, rain would need to stay light enough to allow play through 1:30 p.m. or so if the third round is to be wrapped up today. But heavy showers are expected during the next hour. It's anybody's guess.

Stenson finds the fairway at No. 5.

• TIGER TRACKER: At the par-3 11th, Tiger Woods hits the green but leaves himself more than 30 feet for his birdie try. He lags to about 3 feet, then converts his par putt. 1 over today; 5 over for tournament.

• • •

Update No. 2: 10:01 a.m. EDT

A rain stoppage is possible today, with heavy showers approaching the Atlanta area. They'll play on, however, as long as possible.

Leader Henrik Stenson finds the fairway at No. 4 and hits the green, two-putting for par to remain 3 under today and 12 under for the tournament, seven shots ahead of Dustin Johnson. Rookie Jordan Spieth bogeys No. 4 to slip to T-3 at 4 under.

• TIGER TRACKER: Another missed fairway leads to the greenside bunker at No. 10 for Tiger Woods, from which he hits to about 10 feet short of the pin. Again he makes a clutch par putt. 1 over today; 5 over for tournament.

• • •

Update No. 1: 9:48 a.m. EDT

So much for inclement weather being an equalizer – leader Henrik Stenson is off to another hot start even as a cold front hits Atlanta early Saturday. With his two birdies early in the third round, Stenson is 12 under through 21 holes on East Lake's front nine this week.

Dustin Johnson rises to T-2 at 5 under alongside Jordan Spieth thanks to a birdie at No. 4, while Adam Scott bogeys for the second time in three holes to drop to T-4 at 4 under alongside three others.

• • •

Hole No. 9: Par 5, 600 yards

Reaching a green in two and making eagle could give Tiger Woods a way to start turning things around as he makes the turn.

Off the tee: First cut again, right again, but Tiger avoids trouble.

On the approach: Tiger doesn't quite get to the putting surface here, but has a simple pitch in front of him now.

Around the green: Tiger's chip runs long and stops just inside 10 feet past the hole for his birdie attempt – which he misses, settling for par.

TIGER FOR THE DAY: 1 over (5 over for tournament).

• Elsewhere on the course: Leader Henrik Stenson birdies Nos. 2 and 3 back-to-back to move to 12 under, seven shots ahead of Adam Scott and Jordan Spieth.

• • •

Hole No. 8: Par 4, 405 yards

It hasn't been the kind of front nine that Tiger Woods needed – unless leader Henrik Stenson falters today, Woods will be a non-factor Sunday.

Off the tee: Tiger keeps it in the first cut of rough here, missing right again.

On the approach: No green in regulation, with Tiger's second shot missing left.

Around the green: Pitching to about 5 feet, Tiger gets up and down for his seventh par of the day against one bogey.

TIGER FOR THE DAY: 1 over (5 over for tournament).

Elsewhere on the course: Reports have Adam Scott suffering from illness after his second-round yesterday and receiving IV treatment. The Aussie has begun his third round alongside Jordan Spieth and leader Henrik Stenson. Scott and Spieth bogey while Stenson pars to quickly stretch his lead back to five shots.

• • •

Hole No. 7: Par 4, 434 yards

Tiger Woods needed 21 holes to card his first birdie of the week – and has played 11 since his last one.

Off the tee: Another miss, as Tiger has been erratic off the tee today.

On the approach: And another good shot from a fairway bunker, finding the green and leaving himself a long putt.

On the green: Short again, and worse so this time at 5 feet or a little more, but Tiger makes the second putt for another par.

TIGER FOR THE DAY: 1 over (5 over for tournament).

Elsewhere on the course: Birdies at Nos. 3 and 6 get Matt Kuchar under par for the day as he rises to 2 over for the week.

• • •

Hole No. 6: Par 3, 209 yards

Tiger Woods has made par here twice – but it's easy to imagine he wants to be more aggressive here today.

Off the tee: This one's long, but gives Tiger something of a birdie opportunity from behind the hole.

On the green: Hard to believe this one's short, but Tiger's birdie try is but a good lag as he two-putts for par.

TIGER FOR THE DAY: 1 over (5 over for tournament).

Elsewhere on the course: Jim Furyk opens birdie-par to move to T-7 at 3 under; he's projected 12th in FedEx Cup points at that mark.

• • •

Hole No. 5: Par 4, 520 yards

Two birdie opportunities missed and a bogey carded isn't going to gain any ground for Tiger Woods.

Off the tee: Tiger misses right again, finding the rough.

On the approach: As tends to happen on second shots from the rough, as our Bradley S. Klein wrote in his review of East Lake, Tiger comes up short here.

Around the green: Tiger's chip settles about 10 feet short here; a clutch put saves par.

TIGER FOR THE DAY: 1 over (5 over for tournament).

Elsewhere on the course: Sergio Garcia's birdie at No. 2 lifts the Spaniard to T-12 at 2 under.

• • •

Hole No. 4: Par 4, 440 yards

Birdies have been tough to come by; making bogey early poses more of a challenge than usual if Tiger Woods is to prove he's still in this, as he insisted after yesterday's round.

Off the tee: Wide right again for Tiger, as he finds the bunker.

• On the approach: Nice recovery here, as Tiger gets it onto the green and maybe 20 feet or more for a birdie try.

On the green: Maybe a little too strong, Tiger runs this one by about 2 feet and raps in the comebacker for a par.

TIGER FOR THE DAY: 1 over (5 over for tournament).

• Elsewhere on the course: Jason Dufner gets to 1 under for the round with a birdie at No. 3 that helps improve to T-25 at 3 over.

• • •

Hole No. 3: Par 4, 390 yards

Tiger Woods started all three rounds so far par-par. Here's where he earned his first birdie of the week yesterday.

Off the tee: Wide right, Tiger finds the rough, which promises to be damp.

• On the approach: Tiger's second shot here gets him next to the green, but in the bunker.

• Around the green: Nice shot from the sand pulls Tiger to about 5 feet for his par effort – which misses, leaving him a 3-footer for bogey that he makes.

TIGER FOR THE DAY: 1 over (5 over for tournament).

• Elsewhere on the course: Is it the conditions or the early start? Nobody is under par for their round in the early going among the nine players who have finished a hole.

• • •

Hole No. 2: Par 3, 214 yards

Steady yet unspectacular start for Tiger Woods there. Conditions are soggy already, by the way.

• Off the tee: Good shot here to about 15 feet for Tiger's first real birdie look of the day.

• On the green: Pretty good speed here, but Tiger's birdie putt slides by and he taps in for par.

TIGER FOR THE DAY: Even par (4 over for tournament).

• Elsewhere on the course: Matt Kuchar opens with bogey to slip to 4 over as well; Kuchar and Woods are two of the five players who could win the FedEx Cup just by winning the Tour Championship regardless of anyone else's finish – though it seems unlikely for these two.

• • •

Hole No. 1: Par 4, 424 yards

Which Tiger Woods form will we see today – the 5-under through 13 holes from Friday with no bogeys, or the one who had a bogey, double bogey and triple bogey in the next four holes?

• Off the tee: Fairway wood gets Tiger safely in the fairway to start his round.

• From the fairway: From about 150 yards, Tiger finds the green – but isn't close to the pin.

• On the green: From about 40-45 feet, Tiger leaves this one short but gets inside 5 feet. From there he knocks it in for a textbook par to start the round.

TIGER FOR THE DAY: Even par (4 over for tournament).

• Elsewhere on the course: Charl Schwartzel and Boo Weekley, starting out 7 and 5 over, respectively, both bogey the first hole.

• • •

Friday's coverage

• 5 Things: Mickelson rises; Spieth climbs into contention; more

While tourney leader Henrik Stenson and points leader Tiger Woods garnered the bulk of attention Friday at the Tour Championship, Phil Mickelson and Jordan Spieth seemed to succeed quietly during the second round. Here are 5 Things to Know.

• Stenson avoids penalty over broken club at East Lake

Another week, another post-round rules discussion. But unlike the BMW Championship controversy that cost Tiger Woods two strokes and generated a whole lot of aftershocks, Henrik Stenson was spared all but a bit of a scare after Friday’s second round of the Tour Championship.

Tiger Woods goes from cruising to crumbling in Atlanta

Just like that, Tiger Woods went from 5 under par on his first 13 holes to 6 over on the last five, from charging to tied for third-to-last place at the Tour Championship in Atlanta – one of the more remarkable events in his career.

How it happened: Stenson stretches lead; Tiger falters late

Henrik Stenson stretched his lead at the Tour Championship to four shots Friday at East Lake while Tiger Woods faltered late for a 1-over 71. See how it all unfolded.

• • •

Thursday's coverage

Level head carries Stenson under par in Atlanta

Henrik Stenson has been hot lately, and we’re not just talking about his five top-3 finishes since early July and his first-round 64 Thursday at the Tour Championship. Just Monday, in the BMW Championship final round, he pounded his driver onto the ground on 18 and the head broke off. Then he tore a door off of a locker after his 74 and tie for 33rd.

5 Things: Woods' bad day; Stricker's detour; more

For Tiger Woods, Thursday’s opening round of the Tour Championship was start-to-finish, top-to-bottom, jam-packed with not very good. Meanwhile, Steve Stricker couldn't avoid talk of the other trip he'd planned this weekend, plus more in our 5 Things to Know.

How it Happened: Stenson shines as Woods struggles

Henrik Stenson rode a 5-under front nine to a 64 the first-round lead at East Lake, a shot ahead of Adam Scott. Meanwhile, Tiger Woods struggled to the next-to-worst score of the day, a 3-over 73, just a shot better than Bubba Watson.

• • •

Pre-tournament coverage

Tour Championship: East Lake, hole-by-hole preview

Each year as home to the FedEx Cup finals, East Lake has been the scene of a dramatic outcome. That’s attributable in part to the enduring challenge posed by Bobby Jones' home course of old in Atlanta.

Plenty on the line for Woods at East Lake

Tiger Woods enters the Tour Championship atop the FedEx Cup standings, but he must play well at East Lake to secure the FEC title, as well as potential yearly awards.

Wherever Scott goes, so goes Masters green jacket

In case you were wondering, Adam Scott brought his Masters green jacket with him to Atlanta for this week’s Tour Championship. “It comes pretty much everywhere,” he said. “I wear it in my hotel room all the time just by myself.”

Furyk, Scott, Woods, Stricker pace Tour Championship picks

From Jim Furyk to Adam Scott to Tiger Woods to Steve Stricker, our panel of experts weighs in one last time for the 2013 season with predictions for the Tour Championship.

Fan phone-ins take center stage in Finchem's talk

Tim Finchem has been the commissioner of the PGA Tour since 1994, but rarely during his tenure has he had as few things to address as he did on Tuesday.

Jacobsen and Stewart: Offbeat yet always on key

When Peter Jacobsen was named the recipient of the 2013 Payne Stewart Award on Tuesday at the Tour Championship in Atlanta, the only question was, What took so long?

Complete tee times, pairings and top groups for first round at East Lake

See the top groups Thursday as well as complete tee times and pairings for the first round of the Tour Championship at East Lake in Atlanta.

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