Schauffele, Thomas and Koepka lead TOUR Championship
Xander Schauffele has shot the lowest round of the day with a six-under 64 at the TOUR Championship to once again be a thorn in the side of Justin Thomas at the pointy end of the FedExCup Series.
While Thomas won the 2017 FedExCup Series, then-rookie Schauffele took home the TOUR Championship title with a birdie at the final hole to deny Thomas the season-ending double.
Thomas and Schauffele are joined in the equal outright lead by who else but Brooks Koepka.
The World No.1 fired a opening round 3-under 67 to erase the lead Thomas enjoyed after heading the FedExCup points table coming into the tournament under the new format rules.
Despite a solid start to the tournament, Koepka said he hasn’t felt comfortable all week at the range or on the greens.
Justin Thomas with the 2017 FedExCup trophy (Credit: PGA Tour)
“It’s funny about this game. When it’s going really well, you’re never thinking. And then all of a sudden, everything kind of abandons you, and you’re trying to figure out, what’s the answer? What’s the answer?”
“How do I right the ship? How do I figure it out? And you start looking at ten different things, and odds are it’s one simple thing,” said Koepka.
The leaders sit one shot ahead of Rory McIlroy and two shots adrift of Matt Kuchar and last week’s BMW Championship runner-up Patrick Cantlay, who is enjoying a superb year with five top-5 finishes and over $6 million in prizemoney.
Adam Scott is the best of the Australians following a 2-under 68 and heads into the second round in a share of 11th alongside Gary Woodland.
Marc Leishman lies in equal 23rd place with a lack-lustre 1-over 71 leaving him with plenty of work to do.