Woods seizes share of early lead at Tour Championship

Ruben Hill
September 21, 2018

World number one Justin Rose has the advantage in the race for the FedEx Cup title after ending the first round of the Tour Championship one shot off leaders Rickie Fowler and Tiger Woods.

He opened with a three-putt bogey from 25 feet, and he twice ran birdie attempts farther beyond the hole than he would have liked.

"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.

Five-time BMW victor Woods was solid from tee to green, hitting 11 of 14 fairways and 14 of 18 greens in regulation.

"It took forever for that putt to start breaking. but once (the grain) snagged it, it was going straight right".

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.

Fowler matched Woods, posting his fourth 65 in his past five rounds, while Rose shot 66 despite wedge play he described as "so bad" in a conversation with his caddie picked up by the on-course microphone.

"I didn't know how many tournaments I'd play in, and next thing you know, here I am in the Tour Championship".

Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy could not parlay a hot start into a great score, settling for a 67 matched by Americans Justin Thomas and Tony Finau.

"I hit it just as good (as the opening-round 62) and putted just as good, but nothing went in and that's the way it goes", a frustrated Woods said. "I've never encountered something that thick", he said.

"Put it this way, I've exceeded majority".

Purse: $9 million. Winner's share: $1,620,000. Although, all 30 players in the field have a chance to lift the FedExCup if the scenarios play out in there favor.

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