Tiger Woods felt in control throughout his round as he took a share of the lead.
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.
Woods found the green with his second shot into the par-five 18th and then brilliantly holed a just over 25 foot putt in a round of a five-under par 65 to tie fellow American Rickie Fowler in heatwave conditions on the East Lake course Thursday, September 20. 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. He said over the summer that he expects his game to be even better in 2019 as he adjusts to his new equipment and what his body is able to do at 42 and with a fused back.
He's the one coping with Bermuda rough deep enough to hide all but the top of a golf ball, with greens that are slick and firm and with a golf course that is the most demanding test players have seen this side of a major.
It was just like yesteryear for Woods, who knew he had executed the shot to perfection well before his ball landed in the heart of the green and stopped 27 feet from the hole. "I feel like 67 is the worst I could have shot today which obviously bodes well for the rest of the week".
"My doctor said it's going to take you a while to get your body back and get everything moving again, and it's taken a little time".
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"I am really happy with my round today as I played fantastically, if I'm honest", said Rose in his first round as World No. 1.
"I hit so many quality shots all day, whether it was tee-to-green or putts", Woods said.
"In the "W" category, it doesn't compare to some of the years that I've had, where I've won eight or nine times in a year", Woods told reporters at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta on Wednesday.
"It's hard to get the ball closer".
Englishman Rose is considered one of the favorites as he is coming off a pair of runner-up finishes, while Finau has been consistent all season and was recently selected for the US Ryder Cup team. When I had some good looks, I went right after it. For someone like Woods or Fowler to win the FedEx Cup, they would need the top five seeds to falter.
Every player in the elite field has a mathematical chance of claiming both titles but only DeChambeau and four others would be guaranteed the overall prize by winning the Tour Championship.