Tiger Woods has enjoyed a vintage performance to take a share of the clubhouse lead midway through the first round of the Tour Championship in Atlanta.
It was the second time in as many FedEx Cup playoff events that Woods was tied for the 18-hole lead. He shot a 62 at Aronimink in the opening round of the BMW Championship two weeks ago on a rain-soaked course that allowed just about everyone to go low. "Conditions were soft there". This, it's hard to get the ball closer. "You just can't control it". I missed every putt, blew it through the hole.
With play still underway, the duo hold a one-shot lead over Gary Woodland (66) at four under. Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas and Tony Finau, all of whom will be in France next week for the Ryder Cup, were another shot behind. The final card went for $40,625 previous year, with Paisley needs to finish in a two-way tie for fourth or better to mathematically have a chance to secure one of the 25 PGA Tour at stake. "And I've done it?"
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"It would enhance the year", he said.
The aces remain with the players in the top five on the FedEx list - Woods was 20th - with their destiny in their own hands, knowing a victory would guarantee them the mammoth bonus.
This was so reminiscent of the Woods of old, watching him making a three up the par-five 18th and hearing the crowd roar in approval.More news: Unai Emery gives injury update on Lucas Torreira ahead of Everton clash
Tiger Woods reacts as he makes an eagle putt on the last. "I didn't really mishit a single shot today".
"Once it reached its peak and I saw it was going through the wind I started walking (because) I knew it was good", he said. "But ended up in the fairway and made par".
"To be able to have played this well after coming off of what I came off of". 126-200 in the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup standings, and Paisley and other non-members with enough money to have placed in the top 200.More news: Million Chickens, 5,500 Hogs Killed in Florence's Flooding
FedExCup points leader Bryson DeChambeau battled to a 71 to lie equal 21st in the 30-man field.
Rose looked nervous at the start but three birdies in a row around the turn changed the outlook of his round, as did a typically strong birdie-birdie finish. Finau overcame a pair of early bogeys for his 67. It hasn't been like that in several years.
"I didn't know how many tournaments I'd play in, and next thing you know, here I am in the Tour Championship".More news: Liverpool's Roberto Firmino wears protective glasses to training