Stenson extends lead, Spieth charges into second

Fri Sep 25, 2015 7:02pm EDT
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By Larry Fine

ATLANTA (Reuters) - Swede Henrik Stenson held firm at rain-soaked East Lake Golf Club, while Jordan Spieth made a charge to stand three strokes back after Friday's second round at the season-ending Tour Championship.

Stenson, who won the event wire-to-wire in 2013, made it six rounds in a row holding the lead at Bobby Jones' old stomping grounds near downtown Atlanta as he built on his two-shot overnight lead with a two-under 68 for a nine-under 131 total.

"So, a two-shot lead yesterday and a three-shot lead now after two rounds. Whenever you can maintain it or extend it is always a good thing," said Stenson, who fired a 63 in the opening round.

Masters and U.S. Open winner Spieth posted a bogey-free 66, the low round of the day, firmly rolling in a 20-foot birdie putt at the last to reach six-under-par 134.

Englishman Paul Casey bogeyed the last for a 70 to slip back to five under par, where he began the day in second place.

Spieth began to lock in the speed of the greens, needing only 23 putts as he rescued a number of pars with some brilliant up-and-downs with his vaunted short game.

"Around the greens, I feel comfortable on Bermuda (grass)," said 22-year-old Spieth, who missed nine greens but did not register a bogey. "This is exactly the stuff I grew up on. It's as comfortable as I feel all year. I love the greens here."

Another stroke back was British Open champion Zach Johnson, who lost five shots to par in five holes from the ninth but recovered with three birdies in the last four holes for a level-par 70 that put him at four-under 136.   Continued...

Sep 25, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; Henrik Stenson reacts after putting the eighth green during the second round of the Tour Championship by Coca-Cola at East Lake Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports