Sports digest: Dustin Johnson leads Tour Championship by one shot

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Dustin Johnson went the last three hours over 13 holes without hitting from the fairway and still manged to hang on to the lead Saturday after two rounds at the Tour Championship in Atlanta.

Johnson could at least see his entire golf ball from the first cut on the par-5 18th at East Lake, setting up a two-putt birdie for an even-par 70 and a one-shot lead lead over Sungjae Im (64) halfway through the chase for the FedEx Cup and the $15 million prize.


“Two different golf courses if you’re playing from the fairway or playing from the rough,” Johnson said. “Playing from where I did, it’s not so much fun. But I managed my game pretty well, and pleased with the score that I shot, especially the way I drove the ball.”

Nine players are separated by five shots heading for the Labor Day finish.



Xander Schauffele, who won the Tour Championship as a rookie in 2017, ran off three straight birdies late in his round for a 65 and was two shots behind, on ahead of Justin Thomas (71).


Another big move came from PGA champion and Cal alum Collin Morikawa, whose 66 put him four behind, along with Jon Rahm (74). Rory McIlroy is five back after struggling to a 71.


• Sacramento native John Catlin shot a 1-over 72 and will take a two-shot lead over Martin Kaymer (69) into the final round of the European Tour’s Andalucia Masters in Cadiz, Spain.

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Dykes’ SMU edges Texas State 31-24

Shane Buechele threw for 367 yards and a touchdown and SMU, coached by ex-Cal head coach Sonny Dykes, held on despite two second-half turnovers to win its first game at Texas State, 31-24, on the first Saturday of college football this season.


Two Power Five conferences, the ACC and Big 12, begin next week.

In other highlights, Sandon McCoy ran for three first-half touchdowns and host Army beat Middle Tennessee 42-0. … Grant Wells threw for 307 yards and four touchdowns to as host Marshall rolled past Eastern Kentucky 59-0.

Motor sports: Brandon Jones swept past leaders Ross Chastain and Denny Hamlin two laps from the end to win NASCAR’s Xfinity Series event at South Carolina’s Darlington Raceway.

• Lewis Hamilton set the fastest Formula One lap ever (164.267 mph over 3.54 miles) to grab pole position at the Italian Grand Prix in Monza.


WNBA: In Bradenton, Fla., A’ja Wilson scored 13 of her 21 points in the second half and the Las Vegas Aces beat the Atlanta Dream 89-79. … DeWanna Bonner scored 26 points to lead Connecticut to a 96-77 victory over the Indiana Fever. … SKYCHURPlar Diggins-Smith scored 30 points and the Phoenix Mercury beat the New York Liberty 83-67 for their sixth straight win.


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