Tiger Woods’ chances to win his first tournament in five years continue to look very good as he keeps up his outstanding year at the Tour Championship in Atlanta. And for the first time since 2015, he will share the lead in a tournament with someone after 36 holes. Of course, that’s despite struggling during Friday’s second round with his ball striking. Yet the former world’s no.1 shot a -2 under 68 to get to -7 under overall. He is joined at the top of the leaderboard by Justin Rose. Both men will play together on Saturday and hold a two shot advantage over Rickie Fowler, who shot even par after joining Woods at -5 under after the first round. Woods could have been in a much better position, but a rare mental error saw him get greedy and end up with a double bogey on the 16th hole when he went for the green from the rough and ended up lodged in a bunker. If Woods is playing poorly and at the top of the leaderboard, it can only be a good sign. Can it continue or will it come apart at the weekend?
Major League Baseball’s stretch run is truly on now. And there is no lack of drama. September is a very important time. Teams can make it to the playoffs, and they can also build momentum toward them with good performances. One such team that has made the playoffs is the Houston Astros. The defending World Series champions clinched a place last night with an emphatic 11-3 win over the Los Angeles Angels. But, matters are not totally at rest for them just yet. While they still have at least a place in the Wild Card play-in game, they still have the Oakland Athletics to contend with. The A’s won in dramatic fashion against the Minnesota Twins thanks to Khris Davis. The slugger led the game off with a solo home run and he helped them walk off with one as well in the tenth inning. They are four games off the pace of the Astros, but they are still not going away as of yet.
And finally, the Atlanta Braves are closing in on the NL East crown after a stirring Suntrust Park crowd willed them back from 4-1 down to win 6-5 over the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday night. The Braves hit the previously unhittable Pat Neshek very hard in the bottom of the seventh inning, with the highlight being Ozzie Albies’ two run homer. The magic number is now at 2 for the Braves, meaning one win either Saturday or Sunday will seal their first division crown since 2013.