Published: Sat, September 22, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Tour Championship LEADERBOARD: Tiger Woods leads, Rory McIlroy in the running

Tour Championship LEADERBOARD: Tiger Woods leads, Rory McIlroy in the running

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.

During the opening round of the final event of the US PGA Tour season, Woods sent fans wild when he reached the par-5 18th in two shots at East Lake Golf Club before draining a 27-foot (8.2 metre) eagle putt to post a five-under-par 65.

It wasn't as low as the 62 he shot at Aronimink to share the 18-hole lead in the BMW Championship two weeks ago.

"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. The final card went for $40,625 a year ago, 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. "I felt in control".

"But to have added a couple and to have earned my way into Akron, those are some things that, when I look at this year more, I've exceeded a lot of my expectations and goals because so much of it was an unknown".

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"The shots I missed were on the greens, all had handsome angles".

"To be able to have played this well after coming off of what I came off of".

"It was a good day".

"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".

Justin Rose, in his debut at No. 1 in the world, and Gary Woodland were at 66. 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.

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We have only played six matches. "I realise sometimes football doesn't wait for people". For me, in this moment, one of the three best players in the world.

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