Stenson builds commanding lead
Henrik Stenson was threatening to make winning more than 11million US dollars look easy in the third round of the Tour Championship.
Sweden's Stenson started the day at East Lake in Atlanta with a four-shot lead and had more than doubled that advantage by the midway point as he looked to claim the first prize of 1.4million US dollars and 10million bonus for winning the FedEx Cup.
Birdies on the second, third, seventh and ninth took Stenson to 14 under par, nine shots ahead of Dustin Johnson and 10 clear of US Open champion Justin Rose and American trio Steve Stricker, Zach Johnson and Billy Horschel.
Masters champion Adam Scott had been Stenson's nearest challenger but felt ill overnight and was put on an IV drip in the clubhouse before play got under way several hours earlier than originally planned due to forecast thunderstorms later in the day.
The Australian's coach Brad Malone told the PGA Tour website: "He was tired last night and had a restless night of sleep. Hopefully it was just a quick bug. He feels considerably better than he did when he first got here."
Nevertheless, Scott bogeyed the first hole after driving into the trees to the right of the fairway, three-putted the third for another bogey and then ran up a double-bogey on the fifth after his ball ended in an unplayable lie in more trees.
As one of the top five in the FedEx Cup standings coming into the event, Stenson knew that victory on Sunday would guarantee him the massive bonus payment.
And having lost a reported seven-figure sum in the Ponzi scheme run by disgraced financier Allen Stanford, the jackpot would be very welcome.
"[It is] not all my money, but I have quite a big part of my own savings and investments with them," Stenson said when the scandal broke. "It's a very unfortunate situation. I'm a victim as everybody else in that big thing."
But speaking after his second round at East Lake, the world number six added: "It's a personal matter, but I'm not struggling by any means.
"For me, it's more important to leave here with two trophies. I mean, at the end of the day, it's just money, isn't it? I care more about the two trophies than I do the 11 million, that's for sure."
A combination of a birdie from Johnson on the 12th and Stenson's first bogey of the day on the 10th - he missed both the fairway and green in regulation - meant the Swede's lead was quickly cut to seven.
But Johnson then failed to get up and down from a greenside bunker on the 14th while Stenson saved par from sand on the 13th to move eight clear.
Meanwhile, world number one and FedEx Cup points leader Tiger Woods had returned a 69 to lie three over and in 26th place in the 30-man field.
Stenson did well to scramble a bogey on the 14th after his drive was pulled left of the fairway and came to rest under a bush, forcing him to take a penalty drop.
He missed the green with his third shot and eventually holed from 10ft for a five, but his lead was still down to five shots as Johnson had two-putted the par-five 15th for a birdie and holed from three feet for another on the next.
However, Stenson - looking to become the first European winner of the FedEx Cup - replied with a birdie of his own on the 15th after an excellent chip to three feet to move six ahead with three holes remaining.