Swede Henrik Stenson leads the Tour Championship by two strokes. Stenson dominated the game on Thursday finishing at 7 under 63 with two shots over Paul Casey. He had made a 4-wood from a distance of 288 yds to 25 ft. and the eagle putt on the par 5. He then landed two additional birdies that took him 8 under all the way through 12 with a bogey on the 17 hole.
It was just the start that he wanted to win this week and claim the $10 million winning prize. Two years ago, the Swede had opened with a 64 that stretched his lead to about nine shots during the third round eventually winning the championship and becoming only the second wire-to-wire winner after Tom Watson.
With a pleasant cloud cover throughout the day, sixteen golfers broke par during what were easy scoring conditions. For eight times since the final round of the PGA Championship, Speithand Day were in the same group. Day’s triple bogey wiped away the three early birdies and made just two birdies during the last thirteen holes that included a 2 putt on the 15th hole.
Jason Day who is taking part in the tournament for the first time as the world’s number one stayed with Stenson until the fifth hole. Day made a birdie during the opening three holes, but his swing during the par -4 resulted in the ball sailing through the trees towards the rights and right over the fence. He never got back on track after the shot, ending the day six strokes behind.
Rory McIlroy had started the day slowly but finished with three consecutive birdies to join Zach Johnson, British Open champion.
Jordan Spieth played confidently throughout and rarely made any mistakes. However, he did not hit enough birdies and ended the day with a large group of players that included Brandt Snedeker and Brooks Koepka.
For most of the day, the Swede had a commanding lead.. However, he missed the green on a par-5 during the 15th hole. He made par from a tough line at the 16th hole and then missed a put on the 17th.
Paul Casey who had ended the day just two strokes behind Stenson was driving the ball real well on Thursday. He played with complete confidence and made very little mistakes during the day.
Stenson said that he couldn’t have played the first nine any better with the performance being very similar to two years ago when he started on a good note and shot 5 under on the front 9. The number four in the FedExCup could win the $10 million prize money even if he finishes as low as third in this tournament. However, the Swede has his eyes on winning the Tour Championship as well as taking home golf’s biggest payout.