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  • Paul Casey of England tees off the fourth hole during the third round of the Tour Championship golf tournament at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

  • Paul Casey of England fist-bumps spectators as he walks off the ninth hole during the third round of the Tour Championship golf tournament at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

  • Kevin Kisner tees off the sixth hole during the third round of the Tour Championship golf tournament at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

  • Xander Schauffele hits out of the rough on the fifth hole during the third round of the Tour Championship golf tournament at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

  • Paul Casey of England, left, and Justin Thomas walk up the fourth fairway together during the third round of the Tour Championship golf tournament at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

  • Brooks Koepka prepares to putt on the eighth hole during the third round of the Tour Championship golf tournament at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Saturday, September 23, 2017 6:39 pm

Casey closes in on an elusive victory at Tour Championship

By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer

ATLANTA (AP) Paul Casey shot a 5-under 65 to build a two-shot lead in the Tour Championship. That leaves him one round away from ending eight years without winning on the PGA Tour in the biggest way possible.

Casey holed a 40-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole and escaped with par on the closing hole at East Lake.

He was at 12-under 198, two shots ahead of Kevin Kisner (64) and PGA Tour rookie Xander Schauffele (65). Casey's only PGA Tour victory was in 2009 at the Houston Open. A victory Sunday might be enough to also give him the FedEx Cup and the $10 million bonus.

Justin Thomas had to rally for a 70 and fell five shots behind. He's still in the hunt for the FedEx Cup.