Golf: Dustin Johnson had a reasonable lie in the rough and only a few pine tree branches blocking his path to the 17th green. Neither seemed like a problem until he played the wrong shot, clipped the tree and wound up with a double bogey Saturday in the Tour Championship.
It was an example of how one hole can change everything at East Lake.
And it’s why the final round of the PGA Tour season suddenly has more scenarios than Johnson cares to consider.
Johnson recovered with a birdie from the bunker on the par-5 18th for a 1-under 69, giving him a share of the lead with Kevin Chappell (68) going into the last round that will determine who wins the Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup.
For the first time since 2009, there’s a chance it might not be the same player.
“There’s a lot of scenarios that could happen,” Johnson said. “But yeah, I’m still going to go out and try to shoot as low a score as possible.”
Johnson only has to win or finish second alone to claim the $10 million bonus as the FedEx Cup champion.
Rory McIlroy, who has gone 28 holes without a bogey at East Lake, had three birdies over his last six holes for a 66 and was two shots behind. If he were to win the Tour Championship and Johnson finished in a two-way tie for second or worse, McIlroy would claim the FedEx Cup.
“It would just be great to try to win the Tour Championship, and if the chips fall my way, then so be it,” McIlroy said.
The winner of the Tour Championship has won the FedEx Cup every year since 2009, when Phil Mickelson won the tournament and Tiger Woods won the FedEx Cup.
N.Y. Red Bulls clinch playoff berth again
MLS: Daniel Royer scored his first MLS goal in the 60th minute and the New York Red Bulls clinched a playoff berth for the seventh straight year with a 1-0 victory over the Montreal Impact in Harrison, New Jersey.
Royer headed down Chris Duvall’s cross, bouncing it into the right corner. The Austrian international joined New York (13-9-9) on Aug. 3.
Bradley Wright-Phillips’ six-game scoring streak came to an end, but the Red Bulls took a share of the top spot in the Eastern Conference, tied at 48 points with Toronto FC and New York City FC.
New York extended its club-record unbeaten streak to 13 games.
Manotas, Houston tops Portland: Mauro Manotas converted a penalty kick in the 34th minute, added the go-ahead goal in the 73rd and completed his hat trick in the 85th to give the host Houston Dynamo a 3-1 victory over the Portland Timbers.
Manotas made it 2-1 for the Dynamo (7-11-11) on a left-footed shot from the middle of the 18-yard box to finish Boniek Garcia’s short cross. He capped the scoring when Cristian Maidana’s pass from behind midfield freed Manotas for a one-on-one opportunity against Portland goalkeeper Jake Gleeson.
Portland (11-12-8) pulled even in the 51st minute. Diego Valeri finished the rebound of Darren Mattocks’ shot that bounced squarely of the post.
Whitecaps tie late on Rapids’ own goal: The 10-man Vancouver Whitecaps took advantage of Colorado’s late own goal to tie the Rapids 3-3 in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Whitecaps striker Erik Hurtado’s header rebounded off the crossbar, deflected off Rapids defender Marc Burch and just over the line in the third minute of stoppage time.
Mullins scores twice, United wins: Patrick Mullins scored two goals and D.C. United beat Orlando City 4-1 in Washington to move into sixth place in the Eastern Conference.
D.C. United (8-9-13) won for the first time since Aug. 27, while Orlando City (7-10-13) lost its third straight.
The teams entered tied for seventh, two points behind New England for the final playoff spot.
Toronto FC ties Union: Justin Morrow scored in the 70th minute and host Toronto FC salvaged a point with a 1-1 draw with the Philadelphia Union on Saturday night.
Morrow made a run from his left back position, and midfielder Jonathan Osorio laid the ball off to Morrow for a tight-angle shot. Toronto (13-8-9) had its second straight home tie,
Alejandro Bedoya scored for Philadelphia (11-11-9) in the 25th minute. Bedoya took a pass from Fabian Herbers with his back to the Toronto goal, quickly spun past the Toronto back line and chipped a shot that looped over goalkeeper Clint Irwin.
Wozniacki advances to Pan Pacific final
Tennis: Former champion Caroline Wozniacki continued her late season resurgence by beating second-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland to advance to the final of the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo.
Radwanska was close to victory, leading 5-3 in the second set, but Wozniacki seized momentum when she broke her opponent twice to win the last four games on her way to a 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 win.
The U.S. Open semifinalist also came from 3-1 down in the third set, once again winning four straight games before closing out the match when Radwanska’s return went into the net.
Thiem moves to Moselle Open final: Top-seeded Dominic Thiem rallied past local favorite Gilles Simon 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 to reach the Moselle Open final, where he will meet another Frenchman in Metz, France.
Lucas Pouille defeated 2014 champion David Goffin 7-6 (6), 6-1 in the other semifinal. Runner-up in Bucharest this year, Pouille seeks his first ATP title at the indoor tournament in Metz.
Tsurenko stuns defeding champion Jankovic: Defending champion Jelena Jankovic’s serving let her down as she lost the Guangzhou (China) Open final to unseeded Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine. Tsurenko beat the former top-ranked Serb 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 in a match which lasted almost 2 1/2 hours.
Second-seeded Jankovic, who had not dropped a set this week, double-faulted seven times.
Boxer dies in New Zealand charity event
Miscellany: An amateur boxer has died after collapsing during a charity bout in Wellington, New Zealand, according to police, who have not yet released the cause of death.
Witnesses said 49-year-old Neville Knight slumped onto the ropes then fell to the canvas midway through his bout at the corporate fundraising event at Te Rapa, near Hamilton. Paramedics tried to resuscitate Knight but he could not be revived and died at the scene, police said.
Acting inspector Andrew Mortimore said “medical staff tried for in excess of 30 minutes to resuscitate the man but were unsuccessful. Police are speaking to witnesses and family, and will be referring the death to the coroner.”
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