Tour Championship. Henrik Holds On. September 21 2013

Henrik Stenson holds to his lead at the Tour Championship, by Coca-Cola, in the third round at East Lake Golf Club. Not as clear-cut as before Henrik holding on / Getty Images Henrik held on to his four shot advantage going into the final round, thanks mainly to his competitors playing worse than he did. Henrik managed to card a -1 under par third round to post -11 under par on the top of the leaderboard. Quite amazing really as he was nine shots ahead of the field after the first nine holes. Then it started to rain on Henrik's parade as he sunk down in the mire with four bogeys on the back nine. Four shots is still a good lead going into the final round, but it should have been at least double that. His competitors can thank Mother Nature for the intervention. Henrik also blamed the rain, and maybe on not being able to practice the back nine on Wednesday due to his wrist problems; “It definitely would have been a comfier ride coming back in if it hadn't started raining. It was tough to finish, and I hit a couple of bad shots, and it's hard to find your rhythm again when you're out in conditions like these.  “I know if one of the guys within the top five would win it, they'll win it straightaway. I would have a chance to win it even without winning tomorrow, but I don't know where I need to finish. It's kind of hard to say it only comes down to me not playing the back nine on Wednesday, but I'm sure someone would go down that road. Of course I want to win two, trophies. If I can't win two, I'll be very pleased to win one. If I'm winning nothing, it will probably be not so sweet. But I didn't have anything when I came here, so we'll see what we'll leave with. I think I'll choose to look at it from the bright side, even though the weather is not that bright at the moment, started the day with a four-shot lead and I still got it. So that's all that matters really." Dustin Johnson is in second place at -7 under par, a marvelous -3 under par 67 in the wet conditions pulled him right up the leaderboard as others around him struggled. Dustin is confident he will give Henrik a good run for his money; "If I keep driving it straight, then I'm going to give him a run tomorrow" Third place belongs to Steve Stricker, at -5 under par, Steve's third round score of -2 under par 68, was very reasonable in the circumstances. Tiger Woods managed his first sub-par round in this event, a -1 under par 69 in the third round, he admitted he had not played well; "I didn't hit it very good today, I hit everything to the right or flipped it left, but I putted better. As I said that was the difference. I hit the best the first day and made nothing and putted better the last two days.  I kept hitting everything to the right. It wasn't that far off, but it just kept spinning over to the right. At least I was able to putt well today. It was nice. I made some nice putts. It's nice to get the week off  but I want to go in to the Presidents Cup playing well and shooting some good scores. The goal is to go out and shoot a low round tomorrow and see where the chips fall. I mean, my responsibility is to go out there and shoot a low one and see what happens." I don't think even Mother Nature can stop Henrik from becoming the first European to win the FedExCup.