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Baddeley, Mahan top crowded leaderboard

DUNSANY, Ireland - Aaron Baddeley wanted to make a good impression on Greg Norman with hopes of being picked for the Presidents Cup. He wound up impressing a lot of people Saturday in the Tour Championship. Baddeley holed out for eagle on the fourth hole, then lit up the back nine of East Lake with four straight birdies on his way to a 6-under 64 that put him atop the leaderboard with Hunter Mahan. Mahan holed a birdie putt from just over 20 feet on the par-3 18th for a 66.
They were at 9-under 201, both poised to capture a meaningful cup — even if it isn't the same one. Mahan is No. 21 in the FedEx Cup and didn't think he had a chance at the $10 million prize at the start of the week. Of the top five players in the standings, however, only Luke Donald remains in serious contention, and Mahan learned when he finished his round that he was projected to win golf's richest prize. "I honestly didn't think that was a possibility," Mahan said. The Tour Championship suddenly is loaded with possibilities. Jason Day recovered from a ragged start and had a 69, leaving him only two shots back. The 23-year-old Australian was tied with K.J. Choi, who also started poorly and shot 70. Donald, the world No. 1 who still can add his name to the prestigious list of players to have captured the FedEx Cup, had a 70 and was only three shots behind. U.S., Europe tied at Solheim Cup The United States staged a dramatic rally to win the afternoon fourball session 3-1 and tie Europe 8-all at the Solheim Cup. The Americans rallied to win the last three matches, leaving the sides tied heading into today's 12 singles matches. The U.S. is trying to win its fourth consecutive Solheim Cup. Europe won the morning foursomes to extend its lead to 7-5 over the Americans in the biennial match play competition. Veteran Laura Davies became the all-time Solheim Cup points scorer at 241/2  when she teamed with Melissa Reid to beat Brittany Lang and Michelle Wie 4 and 3 and put Europe ahead 8-5 at Killeen Castle. In 2005 and 2009 when the matches were tied going into the final day, the U.S. won the singles to lift the trophy. The U.S. needs 14 points to retain the Solheim Cup, while Europe needs 141/2 points to win for the first time since 2003. Paula Creamer and Seminole's Brittany Lincicome completed the U.S. comeback when they rallied from one down at the turn to defeat Maria Hjorth and Azahara Munoz 3 and 1.
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