Justin Rose and Tiger Woods share the lead and are currently projected 1 and 2 in the race for the FedEx Cup but with Rory McIlroy, John Rahm and Justin Thomas, amongst others, within just three shots the final 36 holes promises just so much.
Woods began 2018 outside the top 500 in the world but now, after a season of regularly putting himself in the mix in some of the game’s most significant events, he is on the verge of his first win of any kind since August of 2013.
Even a double bogey at the his 16th hole today was not enough to stop Woods retaining a share of the lead he held on his own through 15 holes, recovering with two fine shots at the last to set up one final birdie and a round of 68.
Woods has won this event on two occasions but that was in an era when such success was expected. A victory here this weekend would however mean more than any other of his wins at East Lake and confirm his return to the elite of the game for the 14 time major winner.
Rose has a great record at the Tour Championship without winning, five consecutive top tens in his last five starts in the event combining with his current good form to set up potentially another great finish at East Lake and potentially his first Tour Championship and FedEx Cup title.
Rose, too, would make a mistake at the 16th when producing only his second bogey of the day but given his recent from which includes consecutive runner-up finishes in the FedEx Cup playoffs, the game that has led to him being the world number one continues.
Rory McIlroy has been a winner and a runner-up finish in this event in the past and although he has won only one event since his victory here two years ago he is well placed to build on his great record at East Lake. The Northern Irishman is just two shots from the lead and looms as another great threat to the leaders.
Amongst those another shot back is former winner of the event and in form Billy Horschel whose 3rd place finish in two of the three Playoffs suggest another win is not beyond the realm of possibility.
Also at 4 under and three from the lead are John Rahm, Justin Thomas and Patrick Cantlay, Cantlay's equal best round of the day 65 is a continuation of what has been a good season for him.
The Australian challenge is under pressure with Jason Day the best in 20th place and at 1 over in the 30 player field. Marc Leishman is 21st and Cameron Smith 24th at 3 over.
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