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FedEx Cup Standings 2013: Biggest Surprises from Tour Championship
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The FedEx Cup at the end of the PGA Tour season never fails to provide plenty of excitement and surprises.

With one round remaining at the Tour Championship, Henrik Stenson leads all golfers by at least four strokes at 11 under par. The fact that Stenson leads this tournament shouldn't come as a surprise, however, if you've been keeping track of the Swede's progress this year. 

He won the Deutsche Bank Championship to open up the month of September with a bang and finished in the top 10 seven times this season. 

Here's a quick look at the leaderboard through three rounds at East Lake, followed by a look at the biggest surprises thus far from the Tour Championship.

2013 TOUR Championship Round 3 Leaderboard
POSITION PLAYER TO PAR PROJECTED FEDEX CUP STANDINGS
1 Henrik Stenson -11 1
2 Dustin Johnson -7 7
3 Steve Stricker -5 3
T4 Zach Johnson -4 4
T4 Billy Horschel -4 13
T4 Jordan Spieth -4 11
T4 Justin Rose -4 9
T8 Nick Watney -3 12
T8 Luke Donald -3 21

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You can peruse the entire leaderboard with projected FedEx Cup Standings at PGATour.com.

 

Dustin Johnson's Steady Play Leads to Second Place

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Heading into the Tour Championship, Johnson was the final golfer to make it in, but he's the clear No. 2 heading into Sunday, as noted by the PGA Tour:

Nobody should be surprised to see Johnson playing well—he's always had the talent to be a top-five player on tour. But consistency has always been a big issue for the big-hitting American, and his propensity for making big mistakes has been a trademark he'd rather forget. 

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Through three rounds this weekend, it appears Johnson is ready to put the past behind him.

After an up-and-down first round in which he posted four bogeys and six birdies, he's been one of the most consistent golfers in the field. 

Johnson has only logged one bogey in his last two rounds, and subsequently, he's risen up the leaderboard. He's just four strokes behind Stenson heading into the final round, and another flawless performance could potentially earn him a shocking victory. 

 

Tiger Woods Nowhere Near the Leaders

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Where is the Tiger Woods who won five tournaments this year?

He's nowhere to be found at East Lake, that's for sure. 

The No. 1 player in the world hasn't been able to get out of the cellar this weekend, and after three rounds, he's tied for 26th out of 30 golfers. 

He was the only golfer in the field Thursday not to make a birdie, and he finished three over par. 

On Friday, Woods came out guns blazing with five birdies through 13 holes only to completely unravel in his following four holes, as noted by the PGA Tour:

Then, on moving day at East Lake, Woods failed to move, shooting an uninspired 69 that failed to change his position in the standings. 

At three over par through three rounds, Woods is 14 shots off the lead and has no chance of winning. 

What kind of bizarro world are we living in?

 

Charl Schwartzel Coming Apart at the Seams

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Through one round at East Lake, Charl Schwartzel looked like he would be a contender at the Tour Championship. He shot an opening-round 68 and was tied for sixth place after Thursday, but the good times wouldn't last.

Posting the worst scores in the field in both the second and third rounds, Schwartzel is six shots behind Boo Weekly as the worst golfer in the field.

He finished his third round with a total score of 14 over par, which is a staggering 25 shots behind Stenson, who leads the tournament at 11 under par.

It's always stunning when a professional golfer loses his game so dramatically, but Schwartzel's meltdown is even more shocking considering the way he started this tournament. 

 

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