Jordan Spieth was so consumed with trying to make birdies and save pars on a rugged, rainy afternoon at the Tour Championship in Atlanta that he didn't realize until after he signed for a 2-under 68 that he had a one-shot lead.
He knows exactly what's at stake Sunday in what is shaping up as a dynamic end to the season.
Spieth made four big par saves and ended with a 20-foot birdie to overtake Henrik Stenson for the lead at East Lake. Already with the best year in golf, the Masters and U.S. Open champion is now one round away from the richest year in golf history.
A victory would push him over a record $12 million for the season, and give him the $10 million bonus for winning the FedEx Cup.
"No matter what, it's a dream-come-true season," said Spieth, who was at 8-under 202. "So I don't need tomorrow to justify it. I'm not going to sit here and say $10 million doesn't mean anything to me, because it does. It's a fantastic bonus.
"I'll work hard for the win tomorrow because I want to win this golf tournament. It would be special to get your name on that trophy."
Set the record: Sebastian Giovinco, who broke the MLS single-season points record, assisting on two Toronto goals to push his total to 35. Chris Wondolowski had 34 with San Jose in 2012.
Restored F1 order: Nico Rosberg, who won the pole for the Japanese Grand Prix, putting the Mercedes team on the pole after a week away. Mercedes has won the pole for 12 of the 13 races.
Suffered an injury: Lionel Messi, who tore a ligament in his left knee during a Spanish league match. He is expected to be out two months and miss two of Argentina's World Cup qualifiers .
Packers' injury report mixed
Encouraged by running back Eddie Lacy and receiver Davante Adams' progress in recoveries from ankle injuries, the Green Bay Packers could be without veteran safety Morgan Burnett after he reinjured his troublesome calf early in practice Friday.
The Packers listed Lacy, Adams and Burnett as questionable Saturday on the injury report for their home game Monday night against Kansas City. Coach Mike McCarthy sounded much more hopeful about Lacy and Adams than he did about Burnett. McCarthy said Burnett could not have practiced Saturday had practice been scheduled.
Seahawks activate Chancellor
The Seattle Seahawks activated star safety Kam Chancellor and waived safety Dion Bailey. Chancellor had held out until Wednesday, seeking a new contract. Coach Pete Caroll said Chancellor would play Sunday against the Bears.
Filly Beholder qualifies to take on Pharoah
Beholder won the $300,000 Zenyatta Stakes by 3 ¼ lengths for the third consecutive year in her final prep for the Breeders' Cup Classic next month, where she is expected to face Triple Crown winner American Pharoah.
Ridden by Hall of Famer Gary Stevens, Beholder ran 11/16 miles in 1:42.83 and paid $2.20, $2.10 and $2.10 as the 1-9 favorite.
Beholder has won 15 of 20 career starts, some of them against colts.
AROUND THE HORN
High school football: A New Jersey quarterback died after suffering an injury on the field, school officials said. Three-sport athlete Evan Murray of Warren Hills Regional High School died after he was hurt in a game Friday night. Murray, who had been the team's starting quarterback for three years, said he was "woozy" after being tackled but walked off the field before collapsing.
Men's tennis: Gilles Simon will face fellow Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the Open de Moselle final in Metz, France. In the semifinals, Simon beat Martin Klizan 6-4, 6-4 and Tsonga beat Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3, 6-4.
Women's tennis: Former No. 1 Jelena Jankovic continued her strong form in China, beating Denisa Allertova 6-2, 6-0 to win the Guangzhou International title. Jankovic has won back-to-back tournaments in China without losing a match.
Golf: Colin Montgomerie settled for a one-stroke lead in the Champions Tour's First Tee Open after bogeying the final hole for a 5-under 67 at Pebble Beach.
NHL: The Chicago Blackhawks and defenseman Brent Seabrook agreed to an eight-year contract extension through the 2023-24 season.
500Remember when racing trucks was a new idea? NASCAR held its 500th Truck Series race Saturday, won by Austin Dillon in Loudon, N.H.