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Golf roundup: Stenson holds Tour Championship lead

Stepping in from rain that ruined his rhythm and the back end of his round, Henrik Stenson was more interested in looking forward at the Tour Championship.

He still had a four-shot lead.

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He was one round from capturing two trophies worth $11.44 million, including the FedEx Cup.

The Swede just made the final day of the PGA Tour season a little more interesting over the last two hours of a dreary Saturday morning at East Lake in Atlanta. He had a nine-shot lead at the turn and walked off the 18th green with a three-putt bogey and his lead back to where it was at the start of the day.

‘‘Of course, I want to win two,’’ Stenson said after a 1-under-par 69. ‘‘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 from this position.’’

Stenson appeared to have both wrapped up when he got up-and-down from a bunker on the par-5 ninth for a tap-in birdie to reach 14 under, nine shots clear of Dustin Johnson. Everything changed as the rain began to fall.

Stenson made four bogeys on the back nine, and it might have been worse if not for a pair of 12-foot putts he made on the 14th hole for bogey and the 17th hole for par. Johnson was five shots better on the back for a 67, matching the low round of a tough day for scoring and got into the last group.

‘‘I think I’ll choose to look at it from the bright side, even though the weather is not that bright at the moment,’’ said Stenson, who was at 11-under 199. ‘‘Started the day with a four-shot lead and I still got it. So that’s all that matters really.’’

Johnson and Steve Stricker, who had a 68 and was at 5-under 205, were the only players within six shots of him.

Johnson was the last man into the 30-man field at East Lake, and he left Chicago on Monday not sure whether he would get in. Now he at least has a shot to start and end the season with a victory. Johnson’s other win this year was at Kapalua in the Tournament of Champions.

Stenson, the No. 2 seed in the FedEx Cup, is still in great shape to go home with a lot of money — $10 million for winning the FedEx Cup, $1.44 million for winning the Tour Championship. Even if he were to finish third, he still would be in good shape to win golf’s biggest payoff.

Tiger Woods, the No. 1 seed, didn’t make a birdie until he chipped in on the 14th hole. He rallied for a 69, the first time he has broken par all week. Woods was at 3-over 213, 14 shots behind in a tie for 26th.

Among the other FedEx Cup possibilities Sunday:

 Stricker, who had a 68, could win the FedEx Cup by winning the Tour Championship. He could win with a runner-up finish, provided Stenson finished lower than ninth and Zach Johnson — in the group at 4-under 206 — was worse than seventh.

 Zach Johnson, the No. 4 seed, still had a shot at the $10 million even without winning. He was seven shots behind, but one scenario is for him to finish runner-up and Stenson to finish third.

 Yes, even Dustin Johnson is mathematically still alive as the No. 30 seed. He would need to win (possible), have Woods finish last (possible), and make sure Stenson finishes 15th or worse (total long shot). Johnson wasn’t interested in all that math and it wasn’t his field of study at Coastal Carolina.

‘‘They didn’t require math,’’ he said.

European — Marcus Fraser shot a 4-under 68 for a one-stroke lead over Francesco Molinari, Nicolas Colsaerts, and Joakim Lagergren after three rounds of the Italian Open in Turin. Fraser is at 11 under overall.

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