Woods, Fowler take the lead at Tour Championship

A rejuvenated Tiger Woods has lifted his chances of claiming a win in the very last tournament of the season following a superb opening round 5-under 65 to sit alongside Rickie Fowler at the Tour Championship in Atlanta.

Not for the first time this year, Woods kicked off his round with a bogey but the 14-time major champion was able to quickly rebound with birdies at the 5th and 6th holes to make the turn at 1-under.

Another two birdies came at the 12th and 14th holes before he landed his second shot on to the par 5, 590 yard 18th to leave a 28 foot putt for eagle, which he converted to move to 5-under and a share of the lead.

Woods knows that to win again on the PGA Tour he will need to put together four solid rounds, which is something that has been notably missing from his game since returning to the PGA Tour this year.

“I’m close to winning golf tournaments again, of putting the pieces together. I’ve changed some of my technique as well as my equipment, and…I’m very close. I’ve come close in a couple events towards the end of the summer here, and it’s all about putting it all together at the right time.”

“I seem to have gotten most of those things going well, but there’s always something missing. It could be any of those facets of the game; I just haven’t put it all together at the same time. That’s something that hopefully will come together this week.”

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Freshly crowned world number one, Justin Rose, who is coming off the back of two second place finishes in the FedEx Cup Playoffs, sits in equal 3rd place with Gary Woodland.

Rose needs to win the Tour Championship to ensure a FedEx Cup win but can also claim the $10 million prize with a solid finish close to the top of the leaderboard this week if things go his way with other players’ results.

Former FedEx Cup winners Rory McIlroy (2016) and Justin Thomas (2017) share 5th place with Tony Finau.

Jason Day leads the way for the Australian trio in a tie for 8th with Cameron Smith another two shots back in equal 17th place.

Marc Leishman has a lot of work to do after finishing his opening round with a 3-over 73 to share 28th place.