Viktor Hovland surged into a six-stroke lead at the Tour Championship at East Lake, with the winner taking home $18m for being crowned ths season-long FedEx Cup champion.
Hovland, 25, carded a solid 4-under 66 in the third round to move to 20-under par and six shots clear of his nearest pursuer and course specialist Xander Schauffele, who carded a 68.
The Norwegian won last week's BMW Championship to move into second place in the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup standings.
As a result of that, Hovland started the week at 8-under par in the staggered scoring start in the FedEx Cup finale.
Following rounds of 68 and 64 to move into a tie for the lead thru 36 holes, Hovland vaulted into the outright lead thanks to back-to-back birdies on 6 and 7.
He then made three birdies in the space of four holes from the 12th, during a weather delay, before making pars to the house.
"I don't think I've ever played this well before," said Hovland, with a beaming smile after his third round.
Collin Morikawa, who shared the 36-hole lead with Hovland, struggled badly with a 73 and he looks on from seven strokes back on 13-under par with Keegan Bradley.
Jon Rahm and Scottie Scheffler are well off the pace at 11-under par, with an injured Rory McIlroy further back on 9-under par.
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McIlroy came from six shots back to win a third FedEx Cup title last season, but he will now start this year's final round 11 strokes behind Hovland.
Tour Championship 3rd Round Leaderboard
-20 V Hovland
-14 X Schauffele
-13 C Morikawa, K Bradley