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25 September, 2018, 02:31 | Author: Hannah Francis
  • Tiger Woods' Round 1 highlights from TOUR Championship 2018

Tommy Fleetwood, who was paired with Woods, took to Twitter after Thursday's round to share his thoughts on his playing partner's performance. He birdied four of his first six holes, but mixed in two bogeys and a double bogey with three more birdies over his final 12 holes.

Woods holed from 25 feet for an eagle on the 18th at East Lake to complete a five-under par 65 and join Ryder Cup team-mate Rickie Fowler at the top of the leaderboard.

Finau and Thomas are level with McIlroy at one shot off Rose, who is tied third with American Gary Woodland, while Johnson is two strokes further back in the 30-man field.

The victor of the Tour Championship event also receives more than $1.6 million in prize money, while the FedExCup (i.e. full postseason) victor hauls in a $10 million payday.

After a tee shot at the 235-yard par-3 ninth green, DeChambeau suffered from a tough three-putt after missing a putt from 10-feet for a par and finished with a bogey. "I feel like 67 is the worst I could have shot today which obviously bodes well for the rest of the week".

"I saw the projection on the board when I came up the 18th there, and it said I was projected at 1, but there's a lot of golf left", Fowler said.

But in good health and seemingly feeling great about his game, in advance of next week's Ryder Cup event, Woods certainly has a better-than-average chance at winning this weekend's prestigious tournament. "But to have come off the last few years of little activity and to have qualified for East Lake and to have been as consistent as I've been". "It's hard to make birdies, and on top of that, it's hard to get the ball close".

"I've exceeded a lot of my expectations and goals because so much was unknown", the 42-year-old, who has undergone four back operations in recent years, told reporters at East Lake Wednesday.

There were 10 players in the 30-player field who shot over par in the first round, including BMW Championship victor Keegan Bradley and Phil Mickelson, a captain's pick for the U.S. Ryder Cup team next week. "But I thought I could sneak it up there and get up on the upslope and have a good angle in there, and it just didn't work out".

Rose is coming off a playoff loss at the BMW Championship last week, and as the No. 2 seed in the FedEx Cup is in the best spot to win the $10 million bonus.

Fowler capped his round with back-to-back birdies at five and six and while he dropped a shot on seven.


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