Stenson seemingly in control in Atlanta
BY Bruce Young | US PGA Tour | 2013 PGA Tour Championship | Round Two | 21 Sep 2013
Henrik Stenson has bounced back from an indifferent effort last week at the BMW Championship to take a four shot lead into the weekend at the Tour Championship at the East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta.
Stenson, one of the game’s hottest players over the past few months, was again outstanding today breaking clear of the elite of the game to lead Adam Scott by four and by five over Jordan Spieth.
Stenson was forced to play with 13 clubs today after his 4 wood suffered a mishap during practice.
“I was warming up, and my 4 wood started to sound a little funny on the range there, said Stenson. "I looked at the face on the two shots, and there was a funny sound, and the face had caved in on the top groove. That’s the problem when you hit it too hard, right?
“So we put the club in the locker, and I played with 13 clubs today. So I didn’t have my second fairway wood. So it was good, though. I had a lot of nice 3 woods.
If you carry a non conforming club that’s broken before you play, you will get a two shot penalty, and if you use it during the round, you’re disqualified. So that’s obviously not a good thing.
It might seem like a large lead or whatever, but four shots during two rounds is not that much. We know sometimes four shots isn’t enough on nine holes. I’m pretty cool about that. I’m just going to go out and try to do the best I can for the next two days, and hopefully that’s good enough. I won a lot of tournaments from a good position like this, and, yeah, I hope I can do it again."
Stenson has also taken the lead in the race for the US$10 million bonus ahead of Adam Scott who so happens to be his nearest pursuer in this event.
Scott is happy with his position despite not playing his best golf today. “I’m fairly pleased. I didn’t play my best golf out there today,” he said. "A few errant tee shots. Not that I got in a lot of trouble, but when you’re out of position, it’s really hard to have a good score around here.
“I scrambled well on a few holes, and I didn’t get much to go down when I had opportunities. It was just one of those days, and at least it’s only one guy four in front. So four is not so many at this point.
“Henrik is playing fantastic. So he’s got this thing under control at the moment.But not for 36 holes.
I think there’s too many good players here. It’s not just myself or someone at 5 under. Someone back at 3 and 2 can still have a run at this thing.
“If it is softer tomorrow because of rain, there could be a lot better scores because it’s playing probably as tricky as it can at the moment, and if it softens up, I’d expect the scores to be a little better.
Twenty of the thirty player field are under par although Tiger Woods is not one of them. Woods expressing fatigue after his round is in 26th position at 4 over.
The only Australian in the field other than Adam Scott is Jason Day who is in 23rd position and 12 shots from the lead