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Stenson, Spieth face off at TOUR Championship, Schwartzel co-leads European Open

FECupPlayoffs_Prf_6c_Pos [Converted]Weekend Preview — PGA Tour — FedEx Cup Playoffs — TOUR Championship — East Lake Golf Club — Atlanta, Georgia —

Henrik Stenson reached 9-under overall for the lead through 36 holes at the TOUR Championship.

Stenson, the 2013 TOUR Championship and FedEx Cup champion, will play Saturday’s round alongside the 22-year-old Jordan Spieth, who has two major victories this season.

Spieth, who leads the PGA Tour with 14 Top 10s this season, cut into Stenson’s lead TOUR Championship by CocaColawith the low round of the day shooting 4-under-66. Spieth trails Stenson by three shots in the FedEx Cup Playoffs final event.

If either player wins the TOUR Championship, he would also capture the FedEx Cup.

Paul Casey could still spoil the party for the front-runners. The Englishman is alone in third at 5-under followed by Open champion Zach Johnson at 4-under and a tie for 5th place between Rory McIlroy and Steven Bowditch.

For Spieth, he opened the week as a 6-to-1 betting selection at Wynn Las Vegas just ahead of Stenson’s 8-1 mark.

Friday was a difficult day at East Lake as now only eight players are under par.

Champions TourOther Golf news:

  • Tom Byrum’s 5-under-67 leads the way through 18 holes at the Champions Tour’s Nature Valley First Tee Open. Byrum leads by a shot, but some two dozen players are within four shots of the lead including Vijay Singh, Tom Lehman and Jay Haas. Colin Montogmerie is T-4 after a 68.
  • Charl Schwartzel (10-under) is tied with two others through two rounds at the European Tour’s Porsche European Open. Several high-profile players fell out of
    Charl Schwartzel current official PGA TOUR headshot (Photo by Caryn Levy/PGA TOUR) *** Local Caption *** Charl Schwartzel

    Charl Schwartzel current official PGA TOUR headshot (Photo by Caryn Levy/PGA TOUR) *** Local Caption *** Charl Schwartzel

    the leader board including overnight co-leader Bernd Wiesberger (64-76) and Hunter Mahan (66-76). Wiesberger slipped to T-67 with his struggles.

  • Rickie Fowler and Jason Day — both in the mix of the FedEx Cup heading into the week — are looking at quite a deficit with 36 holes to play. Both will need to back-to-back low rounds and some help for a chance at the cup.
  • Byrum opened the week as a 2-1 Field bet.