East Lake leader Stenson takes nothing for granted

Fri Sep 20, 2013 7:57pm EDT
 
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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

ATLANTA (Reuters) - Henrik Stenson has both the Tour Championship and FedExCup firmly in his grasp heading into the last two rounds but, though he enjoys being a front-runner, is well aware a lot can happen over the final 36 holes.

After two days of superlative ball-striking in dazzling sunshine at East Lake Golf Club in the PGA Tour's season-ending event, the Swede holds a four-stroke lead after firing a four-under-par 66 in Friday's second round.

"I've won a lot of tournaments from a good position like this, and I hope I can do it again," Stenson, 37, told reporters after posting a 10-under total of 130 to separate himself from the other 29 players in the elite field.

"Quite a few of my wins (have come) from being in the front and I've always looked at it like, if I'm ahead, the other guy's got to play better to catch up. So I don't mind it at all. They got more work to do than I have, in that sense.

"It might seem like a large lead, but four shots during two rounds is not that much. We know sometimes four shots isn't enough on nine holes. I'm just going to go out and try to do the best I can for the next two days."

Stenson, one of five players at the start of the week who would automatically guarantee FedExCup honors and the bonus of $10 million by winning the Tour Championship, said the massive financial lure was no distraction for him.

"For me, it's more important to leave here with two trophies," said the Swede, who has recorded seven top-10s in 17 starts on the 2013 PGA Tour, including his third win on the U.S. circuit at the Deutsche Bank Championship earlier this month.

"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 (for winning the Tour Championship and FedExCup), that's for sure."   Continued...

 
Henrik Stenson of Sweden lines up his putt on the first hole during the second round of the Tour Championship golf tournament at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Georgia September 20, 2013. REUTERS/Tami Chappell (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT GOLF)