Paul Casey shot a 5-under 65 to build a two-shot lead in the Tour Championship. That leaves him one round away from ending eight years without winning on the PGA Tour in the biggest way possible. Casey holed a 40-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole and escaped with par on the closing hole at East Lake. He was at 12-under 198, two shots ahead of Kevin Kisner (64) and PGA Tour rookie Xander Schauffele (65). Casey's only PGA Tour victory was in 2009 at the Houston Open. A victory Sunday might be enough to also give him the FedEx Cup and the $10 million bonus. Justin Thomas had to rally for a 70 and fell five shots behind. He's still in the hunt for the FedEx Cup.
Tiger Woods addressed the state of his life and his game this week with a blog post just before the Presidents Cup. The 2017 assistant captain for the U.S. team said he's been progressing well following the first photo we saw of him chipping a month ago. Woods had his fourth back surgery just after the 2017 Masters, and it was a spinal fusion surgery. After that, he was arrested for DUI in May and completed an out-of-state "private intensive program" this summer to address some issues he was having with prescription medication. Nevertheless, his latest update was encouraging and said it's "nice not to live in pain anymore" regarding the nerve pain his back was causing for the rest of his body.
Nick Price got the celebration going. He won the second of 12 singles matches when David Duval conceded his short par putt on the 17th hole at Royal Melbourne, the decisive point for the International team to win the Presidents Cup. That was 1998. Price was the No. 6 player in the world. Tiger Woods had only one major. Jordan Spieth was in kindergarten. At the Payne Stewart Award ceremony in Atlanta, Price was introduced as a past recipient. He rose to be recognized, his gray hair brushed straight back, and the host couldn't resist asking him with the Presidents Cup a week away, "Is this finally the year?" Price only smiled and returned to his seat. He gets his third chance as International captain