Cup rivals battling it out in Atlanta

Ryder Cup rivals Sergio Garcia and Anthony Kim were tied for the lead more than halfway through the third round of the Tour Championship today.

Garcia began the day two strokes behind Kim, but the Spaniard erased the gap by picking up two birdies in 12 holes at East Lake.

Kim drove the ball erratically to remain on seven under after one birdie and one bogey in 12 holes.

The two leaders had a two-stroke edge over Phil Mickelson and were five shots clear of the rest of the field.

Kim appeared somewhat shaken after his drive at the par-five ninth struck a male spectator on the forehead, knocking the man to the ground and leaving a massive gash on his forehead.

The spectator, David Whitfield, was quickly attended by medics and although he remained conscious, was in considerable pain with his forehead splattered with blood.

Garcia and Kim faced each other in the singles on the last day of the Ryder Cup last week, Kim winning 5&4 as the Americans ran out five-point winners at Valhalla.

Garcia was in much better in Atlanta as he started with six pars before holing from nine feet to birdie the par-four seventh.

He added another birdie with a tap-in at the par-five ninth to tie Kim.

Meanwhile, Vijay Singh moved within 18 holes of the FedEx Cup play-off title when he completed another mediocre round.

A 72 was Singh’s best score of the week and left him nine over par.

Singh only has to complete the final round to be crowned the play-off champion and pick up a €6.8m bonus. He eliminated any suspense by winning the first two play-off events.

“It’s difficult to play when you’re trying not to hurt yourself,” he admitted.

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