Atlanta - Tiger Woods delivered easily the loudest roar in
ending his round with an eagle three to share the lead on day one of the
season-ending Tour Championship in Atlanta.
Woods found the green with his second shot into the par-five
18th and then brilliantly holed the near 30-foot putt in a round of a
five-under par 65 to tie fellow American Rickie Fowler in Thursday's heatwave
conditions on the East Lake course.
It is the second straight event in succession Woods has
shared the first-round lead after he and Rory McIlroy were tied at the top with
62s on day one of the BMW Championship in Philadelphia.
"To finish with an eagle was nice as I hammered that
drive up the left side, and it was nice to see it not in the rough before
hitting five wood to the green," said Woods.
Woods had begun his round with a bogey but soon regrouped
with birdies at the fifth and sixth holes on a course where he claimed the
FedEx Cup championship trophy in 2007 and 2009.
He then birdied the 12th and downhill 14th holes ahead of
the eagle on 18 in a round that included just 28 putts.
"I played really well today and though it wasn't
exactly the start I was looking for in taking the bogey at one, I made two good
putts there at five and six and got to under par, and then from there I hit it
pretty good and made a few putts," said Woods.
"But more than anything, I missed it all on the correct
sides. Even the fairways I missed, all were on the correct sides.
"The shots I missed were on the greens, all had
beautiful angles. All in all, I had a lot of control today."
Fowler capped his round with back-to-back birdies at five
and six and while he dropped a shot on seven. The world number nine birdied
eight and then played the 11th to 18th holes in three under.
"It was a good day. I didn't get off to necessarily a
great start on my swing but I managed to kick my way around," said Fowler.
"I think I missed one fairway, which the ball was in
the first cut, and I think I hit every green from there on in. Made it very
FedEx Cup leading Bryson DeChambeau had an East Lake debut
he would rather forget in posting two double-bogeys over his opening nine on
route to a round of 71.
Scores from opening round of the US PGA Tour Championship at the East Lake golf course in Atlanta, Georgia on Thursday (par-70; USA unless stated):
65 - Rickie Fowler, Tiger Woods
66 - Gary Woodland, Justin Rose (ENG)
67 - Justin Thomas, Tony Finau, Rory McIlroy (NIR)
68 - Jason Day (AUS), Jon Rahm (ESP), Xander Schauffele, Paul Casey (ENG)
69 - Kyle Stanley, Webb Simpson, Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Tommy Fleetwood (ENG)
70 - Cameron Smith (AUS), Francesco Molinari (ITA), Aaron Wise, Bubba Watson (USA)
71 - Patton Kizzire, Patrick Cantlay, Billy Horschel , Bryson DeChambeau
72 - Hideki Matsuyama (JPN), Patrick Reed, Kevin Na
73 - Marc Leishman (AUS), Phil Mickelson, Keegan Bradley