Henrik Stenson holds firm at the top of the Tour Championship leaderboard at a very wet East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta at the FedExCup.
Henrik held firm to stay on top of the Tour Championship with a second round -2 under par 68, a long way from his opening 63, but good enough in the wet conditions to stay put. He likes the way the course is set up;
“It sets up well for solid iron play, and I seem to bring that.”
Caddie Gareth Lord told Henrik;
“Mentally that was the best round you’ve played in a while.”
Jordan Spieth made up some lost ground today, carding a bogey free -4 under par 66, to claim second place, but is still three shots adrift of the leader. Jordan was the only player to go round today bogey free, and he was very happy with that. It also brought back some memories from a couple of years ago;
“Really good, considering the way I struck the ball.”
“My short game was magic today. I was really able to salvage the round around five and six to keep it going, keep some momentum on my side and eventually turn it under par.”
“It was a struggle from tee to green for me, but when we got it around the green, we hit some fantastic up and downs and really some stress-free up and downs.”
“Today was a huge round for me. I stayed very composed throughout the day, especially at that part of the round around the fifth, sixth and seventh.”
“That was the key that maybe kept me in this tournament, not getting too down on myself. I feel so much better putting this week than I have over the last few weeks.”
“I’m very excited and it’s similar to two years ago in chasing Henrik when he’s on his game.”
“Hopefully I can do a better job tomorrow to stay with him, because I don’t think he’s going to back down much.”
In third is Paul Casey, who in the end could only manage an even par round of 70 today, which gave him the position on his own at -5 under par for the tournament.
Zach Johnson recovered from some early mistakes, he actually dropped six shots to par on the day, but posted a second round even par 70, to stay at -4 under for the championship, in fourth place. He mentioned the tough conditions;
“It was harder today than Thursday, he ball was going shorter, a lot more club into holes.”
Rory McIlroy and Steven Bowditch are tied in fifth spot at -3 under par, Rory struggling to post +1 over par on the day, while Steven penciled in -1 under 71.
World #1 Jason Day has had his bubble burst, the player in form coming into this event, and hot favorite to win, is down T9, at even par for the two rounds. He has a mountain to climb if he wants to contend here, and also hang on to the number one spot, lets see what he can do on moving day tomorrow.