Tiger Woods overcame the intimidation of Rory McIlroy to share the lead at the Coca Cola Tour Championship with Justin Rose, both players opening their accounts with rounds of -4 under par 66 at East Lake Golf Course.
Tiger Justin photos Stan Bedz/ PGA Tour
Tiger hit a lot of good shots and was pleased with his round;
” As a whole, I played well today. I hit a lot of good shots. Made a few putts out there, but actually I had a couple of good ups and downs, which is nice. This golf course was, I think it was probably gettable today. Because it was playing so hot the ball was flying forever. And you know, with the fairways being soft, just you can drive it in the fairway, you can be aggressive. Just hope you don’t get a mud ball out there. Unfortunately, I had two of those out there today. But that’s the way it goes.”
Justin was also pleased with his round;
Just being here at this tournament is a good feeling. You get to play, I think 21 of the top 22 players in the world are here this week, so that gets your juices flowing to be able to play in a tournament like this and compete against the best. From the FedEx Cup point of view, it’s a position of having nothing to lose, really. Obviously, I’d like to be much higher up the rankings and that’s the scenario from last year. Last year I didn’t factor in the tournament, and this year maybe being a little bit looser out there is going to help me. I think I’ve only got this tournament on my mind. A lot of the other guys have two trophies on their minds. So I think I’ll steal it if I end up winning both of them. But it will be nice to know. I’m happy for Bill Haas last year.”
Rory McIlroy at -1 for his round, the same as Phil Mickelson, did not have such a good start to the tournament, but is not out of it;
” If you don’t hit fairways, it’s hard. If you hit the ball in the rough here, it’s very, very difficult to get any control on your ball. We went into the greens. Obviously, putting the ball on the fairway is a premium, and for the most part today I did that, but any time you don’t hit a fairway, you’re making life difficult for yourself.”
Comment of the day came from Nick Watney, when he enquired of Phil Mickleson;
” Why dont you ever hit the ball in the fairway?”
It is really close at the top, maybe tomorrow will sort things out, and we will have a clearer picture.