Tiger shares lead in Tour Championship

TIGER WOODS fired a 66 to share the first round lead in the Tour Championship on Thursday at East Lake.

He started the week ranked second in the FedEx Cup ranking and is now projected No. 1.

Justin Rose also carded 4-under 66 highlighted by a 52-foot birdie on the 18th.

It wasn’t a surprise to see Woods play well at East Lake. He has won twice there and owns four runner-up finishes.

Tee to green, Woods was solid, hitting 10 of 14 fairways and 13 of 18 greens in regulation. His putter was cooperative, too, with 26 total that left him tied for second among the field.

“As a whole, I played well today,” Woods said. “I hit a lot of good shots. Made a few putts out there, but actually I had a couple of good up‑and‑downs, which is nice. This golf course was, I think it was probably gettable today. Because it was playing so hot the ball was flying forever.”

The leaders made moves on the back nine. Woods followed his second bogey of the day with consecutive birdies at Nos. 15 and 16 — and saw his bid to take sole possession of the lead at No. 18 just skim off the left edge.

Rose, on the other hand, birdied three of his last four holes.

Scott Piercy, who was the last man in the elite field of 30, is tied with Bo Van Pelt, Players champ Matt Kuchar and Steve Stricker, one shot off the lead. Hunter Mahan, Adam Scott, Robert Garrigus, Zach Johnson and Brandt Snedeker are another stroke behind after shoot 68s. Snedeker came in ranked fifth in the FedExCup.

Rory McIlroy, who entered the tournament ranked first in the FedExCup, and No. 4 Phil Mickelson are among the group of seven who shot 69s. Noli Cruz


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