Baddeley, Mahan tied for lead at Tour Championship

ATLANTA — The cup is close enough now for Hunter Mahan and Aaron Baddeley to seriously consider how much it's worth to them.

Even if they're not thinking about the same cup.

Baddeley knew when he showed up at the Tour Championship that it was his last chance to convince captain Greg Norman that he was worth a spot on the Presidents Cup team in his native Melbourne.

He made quite an impression Saturday at East Lake, running off four straight birdies on the back nine for a 6-under 64 and a share of the lead.

"That's a huge goal of mine, to make that team and play down in Melbourne," Baddeley said. "It was definitely on the forefront of my mind to be able to knuckle down, play well this week and show Greg that I've got some form."

Mahan is No. 21 in the FedEx Cup, and after he narrowly wrapped up a spot on the U.S. team, said last week he looked forward to the Tour Championship and "not having to worry about 10 things."

Now he's got 10 million things to think about.

Of the top five players in the FedEx Cup, only Luke Donald remains in serious contention. That means Mahan has a shot at the FedEx Cup and its $10 million bonus if he were to win the Tour Championship (and its paltry $1.44 million payoff).

"I honestly didn't think that was a possibility," Mahan said after holing a 20-foot birdie putt on the 18th for a 66.

Mahan and Baddeley were at 9-under 201.

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.

Bill Haas, who had a chance to make the Presidents Cup team last week until a 42 on the back nine at Cog Hill, was among those tied for the lead until the final two holes. He went bunker-to-bunker on the 17th and had to scramble for bogey, and then hit his tee shot on the 18th into the crowd, missed a 4-foot putt and made double bogey.

Solheim Cup

At Dunsany, Ireland, 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 the 12 singles matches today.

Europe won the morning foursomes to extend its lead to 7-5 over the Americans in the biennial match play competition.

Laura Davies became the all-time Solheim Cup points scorer at 241/2; when she teamed up with Melissa Reid to beat Americans Brittany Lang and Michelle Wie 4 and 3.

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