Dustin Johnson moved a step closer to claiming the FedEx Cup title after extending his Tour Championship lead to five strokes.

World number one Johnson carded a six-under-par 64 in the third round to seize control at the FedEx Cup play-off finale on Sunday.

FedEx Cup leader and Northern Trust winner Johnson, who is yet to claim the PGA Tour's championship trophy, started his penultimate round with a one-shot lead.

By the end of the day, Johnson – a runner-up in two of his last three starts – surged clear thanks to seven birdies and just one bogey at East Lake.

After a flawless front nine featuring three birdies, American star Johnson gained a further four strokes following the turn, including the last to be 19 under through 54 holes, while bogeying the 11th.

Johnson's nearest rivals are last year's Tour Championship runner-up and 2017 winner Xander Schauffele, and 2017 FedEx Cup champion Justin Thomas.

Schauffele posted a third-round 67, while fellow American Thomas had an eagle, five birdies and three bogeys for a four-under-par 66.

World number two and BMW Championship winner Jon Rahm – second to Johnson in the FedEx Cup race – is outright fourth after shooting a 66 to be 13 under, while Collin Morikawa is a stroke further back.

Daniel Berger (64) and Im Sung-jae (72) are tied for sixth, ahead of Scottie Scheffler (66).

Reigning FedEx Cup champion and Tour Championship holder Rory McIlroy is 11 shots off the pace heading into the final round.

McIlroy, who recently became a father, lost further ground following his second consecutive round in the 70s – an even-par 70, which included three bogeys and as many birdies.

Dustin Johnson moved a stroke clear at the halfway stage of the Tour Championship, where defending champion Rory McIlroy lost ground.

FedEx Cup leader and world number one Johnson carded an even-par 70 to claim the outright lead at 13 under through 36 holes in Atlanta on Saturday.

Johnson was tied for the lead alongside world number two and BMW Championship winner Jon Rahm heading into the second round at East Lake.

But Northern Trust champion Johnson stood alone atop the leaderboard in the FedEx Cup play-off finale following four birdies and four bogies on a mixed day as Rahm could only shoot a 74.

Johnson – a runner-up in two of his last three starts – went 13 holes without hitting from the fairway, but the American star still managed to earn a slim lead, ahead of South Korea's Im Sung-jae.

Im, who is looking to become the second youngest winner of the FedEx Cup, birdied three of his last four holes for a six-under-par 64.

Last year's Tour Championship runner-up and 2017 winner Xander Schauffele is two shots adrift after reeling off three consecutive birdies late in the round.

Justin Thomas (71) – the 2017 FedEx Cup champion – is a stroke further back, while Collin Morikawa (65), Tyrrell Hatton (66) and Rahm are nine under heading into the third round.

After producing the equal best round of the opening day, four-time major champion McIlroy was unable to replicate his exploits following a one-over-par 71.

FedEx Cup and Tour Championship titleholder McIlroy, who recently became a father, struggled as the former world number one bogeyed three holes, including the last.

McIlroy's woes were highlighted by a shot that found water, when he tried to reach the 18th green from the thick rough but the ball went into the bottom of the lake.

Rory McIlroy admitted he was surprised to make such a good start to the Tour Championship just days after becoming a father.

McIlroy welcomed the arrival of his first child with wife Erica, with daughter Poppy born on Monday.

Just days later, the Northern Irishman produced the equal best opening round at East Lake, shooting a six-under 64 to be outright fourth, four shots behind Dustin Johnson and Jon Rahm.

The 31-year-old said his performance in Atlanta was a surprise given the past week.

"Yeah, a little bit," McIlroy said when asked if he was surprised he played so well.

"It just shows you golf is such a mental game, and if you come in with low expectations, that's always how I've played well.

"Whether I don't feel like my game is in a good place or I'm not the favourite coming into a tournament, all that stuff, I feel like that's when I usually play my best and I can play with a bit of freedom, and that's what I did."

Last year's FedEx Cup and Tour Championship winner, McIlroy mixed eight birdies with two bogeys in the first round.

Still, McIlroy said he had other things on his mind on Friday.

"It's like every three hours she [Poppy] is supposed to be fed, so I'm like, okay, there's a feeding coming up," he said.

"But like it's natural. It's natural that in between shots you think about other things, and obviously my mind has been very much on what's going on at home.

"But it is nice to have this little four or five hours to myself to concentrate on my game and sort of get into this stuff.

"I played well. I played really well. I played as good as I have in a long time, and that was very encouraging."

Dustin Johnson and Jon Rahm share the lead after the Tour Championship first round as Rory McIlroy made a strong start.

Johnson, the FedEx Cup leader ahead of the season-ending event, carded a three-under 67 in the opening round at East Lake on Friday.

The American started the tournament atop the leaderboard at 10 under, but his lead is already gone in Atlanta.

Johnson is joined at 13 under by Rahm, who opened with a 65 just days after his incredible win at the BMW Championship.

Rahm beat Johnson in a thrilling play-off at Olympia Fields Country Club and the stars are placed to battle for the $15million prize.

Johnson was even through 11 holes before making birdies at 12, 13 and 15, while Rahm also found form on the back nine with four birdies in five holes beginning at 12.

Justin Thomas, third when the event started, is still in that place after a four-under 66, sitting two strokes back.

But defending FedEx Cup champion McIlroy produced the equal best round of the day to charge into contention.

The Northern Irishman fired a six-under 64 that included three straight birdies to finish as he moved into nine under.

McIlroy came from fifth in the overall standings to win the Tour Championship and FedEx Cup last year.

The other player to shoot a 64 was Abraham Ancer, who climbed into seven under and outright fifth.

Runner-up to McIlroy last year, Xander Schauffele (67) is tied for sixth at six under, alongside Brendon Todd (67), Im Sung-jae (68) and Webb Simpson (70).

Marc Leishman (66), Tyrrell Hatton (67), Lanto Griffin (67) and Daniel Berger (69) are a shot further back.

US PGA Championship winner Collin Morikawa fell back to a tie for 14th after a 71, while Bryson DeChambeau is tied for 18th after his 72.

Dustin Johnson is not dwelling upon John Rahm's sensational victory in their play-off duel at the BMW Championship as the world's top two players prepare for this week's Tour Championship.

World number one Johnson forced additional holes with a 45-foot birdie putt at the Olympia Fields Country Club on Sunday, only for Rahm to drain an improbable downhill 66-footer at the first play-off hole.

It denied Johnson back-to-back FedEx Cup victories and anticipation is palpable as the pair prepare to play together in the first round at East Lake on Friday.

Nevertheless, the 36-year-old told reporters some family time made it easy for him to switch off from a rivalry that could prove definitive.

"I flew home. I pulled in my driveway, and went upstairs and saw the kids and [his wife] Paulina," Johnson said.

"It was nice, as soon as I saw the kids you don't think about anything but them and Paulina. It was nice just to see the family because I hadn't seen them for a couple weeks, so that was a big bonus.

"But for me, as far as after what had happened at the BMW, it was just something that was going to happen.

"Jon made a great putt, but there isn't anything I can do about that. I didn't do anything wrong to lose the play-off, so for me it was easy to get over."

Johnson, who has a two-shot lead from Rahm under the staggered format of the PGA Tour's season-closing event, is relishing the Spaniard's continued company at the top of the sport.

"Obviously Jon is a great player and he has been for a while now, and he'll continue to be a really good player for years to come," he said.

"Being one of the best players in the world, he's got all the skills. He drives it well, he's a good iron player, got a good short game. That's what it takes to be one of the best players in the world.

"But I'm excited to start this week in the number-one position and to be playing with Jon in the first round. I think it's going to be a great week, and I'm looking forward to it."

Johnson added: "I think my form is very good, and I've got a lot of confidence in the game right now. I feel like over the last four or five weeks I've been very, very consistent, and I feel like every part of my game is working well."

Rory McIlroy announced on the eve of the Tour Championship he has become a father for the first time with the birth of his daughter Poppy Kennedy.

Four-time major winner McIlroy revealed on social media that this wife, Erica, gave birth in Florida on Monday.

McIlroy's participation in this week's lucrative tournament has been in doubt after he stated during the BMW Championship last week he would be "out of here" if he was on the golf course when his wife went into labor.

The Tour Championship gets under way at East Lake Golf Course on Friday and Northern Irishman McIlroy is still listed to tee off as defending champion.

McIlroy announced the new arrival on social media on Thursday, posting: "Poppy Kennedy McIlroy, born August 31st, 12:15pm. 

"She is the absolute love of our lives. Mother and baby are doing great.

"Massive thank you to all the staff at Jupiter Medical Center and Dr Sasha Melendy for their amazing care."

The 2020 WGC-HSBC Champions has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Due to be played in Shanghai starting on October 29, the World Golf Championships event was officially cancelled on Tuesday.

In July, China ruled out hosting most international sporting events for the rest of the year due to COVID-19, which has killed more than 860,000 people worldwide

"We have worked extensively with all Tours, international officials, the China Golf Association and other local parties to find a solution to host the WGC-HSBC Champions," said Ty Votaw, PGA Tour executive vice-president, international.

"In line with Chinese government guidelines and being mindful of the logistical implications, we collectively made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 event."

Votaw added: "The WGC-HSBC Champions has been a catalyst in the growth in interest and participation in our sport throughout China and Asia.

"While we are disappointed with not being able to bring the world’s best players to Shanghai this year, our thanks goes out to HSBC, the China Golf Association and the fans in China who have helped make this event so successful since it became a World Golf Championships event in 2009."

BMW Championship winner Jon Rahm said he "still can't believe what just happened" after holing a monster 66-foot birdie putt to trump Dustin Johnson in a thrilling play-off.

Rahm emerged triumphant against FedEx Cup leader Johnson in stunning fashion thanks to an incredible putt on the first play-off hole at the Olympia Fields Country Club on Sunday.

Eyeing back-to-back titles and seeking a record sixth FedEx Cup play-offs trophy, Northern Trust champion Johnson forced a sudden-death showdown thanks to a clutch 43-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole.

After finishing level at four under through 72 holes, world number one Johnson and the second-ranked Rahm went head-to-head in a play-off and the latter drained a tremendously tough putt for his second victory of the season.

"I've said many times, I process things so after the fact that I can't really explain," Spanish star Rahm said after winning the second FedEx Cup play-off event ahead of the lucrative Tour Championship. "I think I'm still on the play-off hole mentally.

"I still can't believe what just happened, what happened the last hour of play. You know, especially from my 15th hole on, making birdie on that hole with a six-iron with my third shot, and then birdied the par-three and have chances on the last two.

"That stretch of waiting for DJ, him making the putt, going in the play-off, me making the putt, then trying to stay mentally in it just in case he made the last putt, it's been a rollercoaster but so much fun. I think the best way I can explain it is it was just a lot of joy on the golf course for me. Not because I played good but because that's what I set out to do. It's a difficult course. You have to play good.

"People were playing good early so I knew we could get some birdies in and have a lot of fun doing it. That's probably the reason why everything turned out the way it did. Stayed aggressive because I was feeling comfortable with the driver, and it paid off."

Asked if his victory was the ultimate way to finish an event, Rahm, who carded a six-under-par 64 in regulation, replied: "I would have rather not be in the play-off, but no, given that, yeah, probably the closest, best thing.

"I certainly don't want the stress that goes along with seeing DJ's ball in the fairway and then my ball in the rough and he hits it to 30 feet, I hit it to 60 and what's going on in my mind, but if you're going to tell me I'm going to make a 66 footer to win a tournament I'll take that any day.

"I think we all want the flashy finish, maybe not the stress that comes with it, but I set out with myself to enjoy even the uncomfortable moments we had out there today, and man, it was fun. So yeah, pretty close to the best way to finish it."

Jon Rahm holed an incredible 66-foot birdie putt to upstage FedEx Cup leader Dustin Johnson in a thrilling play-off at the BMW Championship.

The world's two best golfers put on a masterclass at the Olympia Fields Country Club, where Rahm prevailed to win the second FedEx Cup play-off event on Sunday.

Eyeing back-to-back titles and seeking a record sixth FedEx Cup play-offs trophy, Northern Trust champion Johnson forced a sudden-death showdown against Rahm thanks to a clutch birdie putt at the 18th hole.

Johnson – the co-leader overnight alongside Hideki Matsuyama – trailed Rahm by a single stroke heading to the final green and the American star was left with a 43-foot birdie putt to send the tournament into a play-off.

With the flag stick still in the hole and a difficult break down the hill, Johnson struck the ball perfectly as he closed out the final round with a 67 to join Rahm (64) at four under through 72.

However, world number two Rahm responded in the play-off as the pair went back out to play the 18th again – the Spaniard draining a tremendously tough putt to emerge victorious in wild fashion after Johnson's effort ended up just short.

Rahm will head to the lucrative Tour Championship second behind Johnson in the FedEx Cup standings following his second win of the season.

Joaquin Niemann (67) and Matsuyama (69) finished tied for third, two strokes behind Rahm and Johnson, while Tony Finau (65) was a shot further back.

Mackenzie Hughes (71) qualified for the Tour Championship thanks to a tense par on the 72nd hole as the Canadian ended the tournament tied for 10th.

Former world number one and four-time major champion Rory McIlroy – who is set to become a father for the first time – endured another difficult day as he carded a one-over-par 71 to be tied for 12th and seven strokes off the pace.

Reigning FedEx Cup champion McIlroy is 12th in the standings as attention turns to the upcoming Tour Championship.

Meanwhile, Justin Thomas and his BMW Championship title defence ended with a 68 and a share of 25th position.

As for Tiger Woods, the 15-time major winner failed to qualify for the Tour Championship after his PGA Tour season came to an end on Sunday.

Woods did not come close to securing the top-five finish he needed to take his place in the field at East Lake next week, finishing with a one-over 71 on Sunday.

With the top 30 golfers qualifying for the Tour Championship, Woods could only manage 63rd.

Tiger Woods failed to qualify for the Tour Championship but said the BMW Championship gave him a "great ramp-up" for the U.S. Open after his PGA Tour season came to an end.

Woods did not come close to securing the top-five finish he needed to take his place in the field at East Lake next week, finishing with a one-over 71 on Sunday.

The 15-time major champion will have a fortnight to prepare for the second major of the year at Winged Foot after his hopes of being crowned FedEx Cup champion for a third time were ended.

Woods, who finished 11 over on Sunday, feels a testing week in such tough scoring conditions at Olympia Fields will stand him in good stead to start the 2020-21 season strongly at the U.S. Open.

He said: "I didn't play as well as I wanted to the first couple days. Today was nice. I hit the ball really well and made only a couple putts, but today was more indicative of how I want to play in a couple weeks.

"This golf course was basically a U.S. Open, with the rough being as high as it is and fairways a little bit narrow.

"Look at the scores, and I don't think that we've seen scores like this in a non-major in a very long time. This was a great ramp-up for me for the U.S. Open.

"I wish I was playing next week, but I've got a couple weeks off."

Woods made two birdies in the first four holes, but could only add another one on the back nine mixed in with a couple of drop shots and finished with a double-bogey.

Joaquin Niemann held a one-shot lead over Jon Rahm and Dustin Johnson on three under through 12.

Rory McIlroy is uncertain whether he will play the Tour Championship as the four-time major winner awaits the birth of his first child.

McIlroy lost his spot atop the leaderboard at the BMW Championship – the second FedEx Cup play-off event, the former world number one carding a third-round 73 in tough scoring conditions to drop into a tie for sixth on Saturday.

Two-time FedEx Cup champion McIlroy later revealed he and his wife Erica are set to become parents any day now, and golf might have to take a backseat momentarily.

The Tour Championship – a 30-man field where McIlroy is the defending champion – is scheduled to get underway at East Lake Golf Course on September 4.

"We're about to be parents very soon, so we're obviously super excited," McIlroy said. "Yeah, we've been sharing the news with friends and family, obviously, but I didn't think it was something that I really particularly needed to share out here.

"It's a private matter, but we're really excited and can't wait for her to get here."

Asked if he could miss the lucrative Tour Championship, McIlroy – currently 12th in the FedEx Cup standings – replied: "Yeah, for sure. Definitely, just depending on what happens.

"I'm going to play in many more TOUR Championships and it's only going to be the birth of your first child once. That trumps anything else."

"I'm just waiting for a phone call," he continued. "I was waiting for a phone call last week and it didn't come, and then Harry has been keeping his phone in his pocket just to make sure, but nothing as of yet."

McIlroy added: "I think from the get-go my mind has been wandering the last few weeks, and now you guys sort of know the reason why. So yeah, it's such a demanding golf course out there, you just have to think over every shot.

"You can't have a lapse of concentration. Yeah, it's definitely narrowed my focus, and I've played a little better this week because of that.

"Not so much the first few weeks, but the last couple of weeks, you're going out to play and maybe not knowing whether you're going to finish the round or not. It's definitely not an excuse. I just haven't played well enough.

"But again, I keep talking about perspective. If you do play bad, I've got some awesome stuff coming up on the horizon, which is really cool, and it makes the bad days a lot easier to handle."

FedEx Cup leader Dustin Johnson and Hideki Matsuyama are tied for the BMW Championship lead following Saturday's third round.

American star Johnson and Japan's Matsuyama both carded 69s to top the leaderboard at one under through 54 holes in Illinois, where the pair hold a two-stroke advantage.

Johnson cruised to victory at last week's opening FedEx Cup play-off event – The Northern Trust – and he has maintained his form at the Olympia Fields Country Club.

Projected to retain his position atop the FedEx Cup standings ahead of Matsuyama, two-time BMW Championship winner Johnson had three birdies and two bogeys to rise two positions on day three.

Matsuyama – a five-time PGA Tour champion but without a title since 2017 – enjoyed a mixed day, with an eagle, two birdies and three bogeys in tough scoring conditions.

Joaquin Niemann (68), Mackenzie Hughes (69) and Adam Scott (70) are tied for third at one over heading into Sunday's final round.

Four-time major champion Rory McIlroy is among six players a shot further back following his three-over-par 73.

McIlroy was co-leader heading into the penultimate round but the former world number one struggled – five bogeys and just two birdies seeing the 2012 winner slide down the leaderboard.

Jon Rahm (66), Sebastian Munoz (67), Kevin Kisner (70), Bubba Watson (70) and Brendon Todd (71) are also two over.

Defending champion Justin Thomas (71), meanwhile, is eight over following his third consecutive round in the 70s.

Tiger Woods' struggles continued as the 15-time major champion looks set to miss out on the Tour Championship ahead of the U.S. Open.

With the top 30 qualifying for the Tour Championship, where Woods is a three-time champion, the 44-year-old is projected to be 65th in the FedEx Cup standings.

Rory McIlroy was pleased with his second round at the BMW Championship, but believes conditions will get even tougher.

Looking for his first win of 2020, McIlroy managed a one-under 69 to share a one-stroke lead with Patrick Cantlay at the halfway mark.

They are the only two players under par at Olympia Fields Country Club, where conditions have been difficult for scoring.

Despite lamenting two bogeys on his final five holes, McIlroy was happy with his round.

"It was really good," the Northern Irishman said.

"I got off to a nice start. A couple under through four, three under through 10, sort of cruising, and then as it got later in the day, the golf course definitely became a little firmer, a little tougher. The wind got up a little bit.

"A little disappointed to drop those shots on the way in, but I think if you shoot anything under par on this golf course, you've got to be pretty pleased."

The best round of the tournament so far came on Thursday, when Hideki Matsuyama fired a 67.

McIlroy believes conditions may get even harder for players on the weekend.

"We're supposed to get a little bit of rain tonight, but I don't think enough to really soften it," he said.

"I think you'll see over the weekend guys will go off early, be able to shoot some decent scores, and then as the day goes on and the later tee times get out there, it'll just get progressively harder as the day goes on.

"I think something like remember The Players Championship when it was back in May, guys would go out on a Sunday, six or seven back, shoot a 66 and they'd hang around the clubhouse all day and wait and see what happens to the guys on the way in. I think you might see something similar to that this weekend."

Rory McIlroy carded a one-under 69 to be in a share of the lead at the halfway mark of the BMW Championship.

Looking for his first win of 2020, the Northern Irishman sits at one under in difficult conditions at the Olympia Fields Country Club.

McIlroy got to three under in his second round at the FedEx Cup play-offs event, but dropped two shots on his final five holes.

The 2012 champion shares a one-stroke lead with American Patrick Cantlay (68).

Overnight leader Hideki Matsuyama (73) and world number one Dustin Johnson (69) are tied for third.

A two-time winner of the tournament, Johnson made back-to-back birdies to finish his round.

Adam Scott (69), Brendon Todd (68), Louis Oosthuizen (69), Tony Finau (71) and Billy Horschel (71) are tied for fifth at one over.

A shot further back are Mackenzie Hughes (73), Kevin Kisner (70) and Bubba Watson (70).

Defending champion Justin Thomas fell further back, carding a four-over 74 to be at seven over.

While there is no 36-hole cut at the BMW Championship, Tiger Woods and Jason Day are in danger of missing the Tour Championship.

Woods struggled to a 75 to be at eight over, two shots better off than Day (74).

With the top 30 qualifying for the Tour Championship, Woods is projected to be 63rd in the FedEx Cup standings, while Day is 58th.

Tony Finau never considered not playing at the BMW Championship, but believes an "uncomfortable conversation" about racism is healthy for the United States.

Amid protests against racial injustice by numerous teams and players across several sports, the PGA Tour event went ahead as scheduled on Thursday.

It came in the wake of the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin.

Finau backed the NBA and MLB in particular for postponing games, saying it would lead to a conversation the USA needed to have.

"Anyone that's willing to have the uncomfortable conversation about systemic racism and just that in general in our country I think is a healthy thing for all of us," he told a news conference after carding an even-par 70.

"We continue to learn from each other in a positive way I think is the most important thing, and we all have different perspectives as we go through our life.

"Listening to each other I think is a big deal, so they took a stand for what they think is the right thing, and as a society I think it's our responsibility to just listen and pay attention to what's going on around us, and if we're willing to have those uncomfortable conversations, I think our country can continue to move forward."

While the PGA Tour supported any players who decided not to participate, the BMW Championship proceeded as scheduled.

Finau, who is tied for fourth and three shots behind leader Hideki Matsuyama, said he never thought about not playing.

"No, it didn't really cross my mind, but I understood the magnitude of what the NBA was doing and what they were boycotting for," he said.

"I know the PGA Tour is in full support of that, and again, it's a conversation that's uncomfortable, sensitive for our country, but if we're not willing to have those, I don't think we can move forward as a country."

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