Tiger Woods ‘proud’ of season as he eyes $10M FedEx Cup bonus

How to watch Tiger Woods at the Tour Championship on Friday

ATLANTA-Tiger Woods has gotten off to a flying start at the season-ending Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club, carding a 5-under 65 on Thursday, now good enough for first place (tied with Rickie Fowler).

On the 590-yard par-5 18th hole, DeChambeau reached the green in 3 and sunk a 5-foot putt for birdie.

It is also the second straight event in succession at which Woods has shared the first-round lead after he and Rory McIlroy were tied at the top with 62s on day one of the BMW Championship in Philadelphia.

Woods can become the FedExCup's first three-time champion, having won previously in 2007 and 2009, but he will need a win at East Lake and DeChambeau to finish with no better than a share of 15th.

Woods is still stranded on 14 majors - his last win was the 2008 US Open - and 79 PGA Tour titles, but his results this season have shown he's once again a contender after climbing back up to 21st in the world rankings after beginning the year at 656.

World No. 1 Justin Rose, who birdied his closing two holes in a score of 66 to be tied third, is projected to move up a place to No. 1 on the FedEx Cup.

Another tournament, another share of the first-round lead for Tiger Woods.

While the rankings formulas continued to play out, Fowler and Woods were the stories on the course Thursday. "All I can control is what I do, and try to go out and win this week and see where the chips fall". I missed every putt, blew it through the hole.

"I played well and it was a great start to be four-under through six holes", he said.

"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 is a little bit of a comfort level that you have to get used to when playing alongside him, especially in a big situation, in the final group". Justin is now ranked 4th on the PGA's Official World Golf Ranking and has had seven PGA Tour wins. "It's hard to make birdies, and on top of that, it's hard to get the ball close".

They will be teammates next week at the Ryder Cup.

"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. The leader will start at 10 under, with the next four players at eight under through five under respectively, and so on. "It just kind of popped up, and yeah, I took last week off, didn't hit a ball".

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