TOUR Championship. Kyle Stanley has the 1st round Lead.

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Kyle Stanley has the 1st round lead at the TOUR Championship at East Lake.

Stanley leads at East Lake

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Kyle carded an opening round -6  under par 64 to take a two shot lead at the top of the TOUR Championship leaderboard;

“When we played our practice rounds I thought it was,  a pretty difficult test.”

“It was nice to get off to a pretty fast start, making four birdies in a row.”

Four players are tied in second place at -4 under, after their opening rounds of 66, they are; Paul Casey, England, Brookes Koepka, Daniel Berger and Webb Simpson.

Webb explained how hard it is to get this far in the championship, due in part to better putting;

“It’s hard to get here, I feel like the competition on the PGA Tour’s better every year.”

“Purses are bigger, there’s FedEx Cup points, guys are hungrier than ever.”

“And next season starts my 10th season, so I’m not that young anymore.

“So yeah, it felt a lot more special this year after missing two in a row, and knowing that I had a tough mountain to climb.”

 “I’ve been putting better, and I’ve been thinking better.”

“Add those two things up, I haven’t hit it great this year but I’ve hit it good enough, I guess, and the ball striking is coming.”

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Coca Cola Tour Championship, FedEx cup. Snedeker Wins It All

Brandt Snedeker won the Coca Cola Tour Championship, and in doing so also won the FedEx Cup.

Emotions running high

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Brandt had a last round of   -2 under par 68  and a -10 under par total,  to easily win the Coca Cola Tour Championship by three strokes from second placed Justin Rose, who finished at _8 under par.

Luke Donald and Ryan Moore shared third place at -6 under par.

There was no “W” for Woods, or any of the other top five going in to the tournament, Snedeker was the only player who performed well on the last day.

Tiger Woods finished tied 8th at -2 under par, World number 1 Rory McIlroy was at -1 under par, Phil Mickelson at +1 and the other initial contender Nick Watney slumped big time to +13 over par.

Coca Cola Tour Championship & FedEx Cup. Woods & Rose Lead

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.


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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.

FedEx Cup, Can Jim Win Again ?

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Jim Furyk of the U.S. hits a drive from the sixteenth tee during round one of the BMW Championship golf tournament in Carmel, Indiana September 6, 2012. REUTERS/Brent Smith

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James Michael Furyk was the 2010 FedEx Cup champion, and also the 2010 PGA Tour Player of the Year. Jim, and just about everyone else is wondering if he can win the FedEx Cup again. It would take Albert Einstein to work out all the permutations of the outcome, but some of Jim”s friends have tried to figure out the odds.

Jim is in the elite field of 30 players who will tee off for Thursday’s opening round at East Lake Golf Club, for the Coca Cola Tour Championship, where the lucrative PGA Tour event is on the line along with a staggering $10 million bonus for securing the season-long playoff title. He landed both honors two years ago, but this week he lies in 18th spot on the FedExCup points standings, and would need a lot of help from higher-ranked players to pull off a repeat double, he philosophically said;

” Nope, I have no idea, I know I would have to win the Tour Championship, and a lot of other things would have to happen. But I’m never really worried about that. I had two or three friends try to text me, ‘do you know what you have to do?’ No. It’s hard enough winning a golf tournament. I can’t control the rest. Two years ago I was ranked 11th going into the Tour Championship and needed a little work. But this week those top 10 to 12 guys probably have a really good opportunity. Then past that, it’s going to take a lot of help because the guys that are up there at the top have been playing very well.”

The result is difficult to predict because any of the top five players in the standings would win the FedExCup honours by winning this week’s Tour Championship. The names of that quintet comprise, World number one, Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy and four Americans, Tiger Woods, Nick Watney, Phil Mickelson and Brandt Snedeker.

Jim has no illusions as to his task this week, even if he wins the Coca Cola Tour Championship, he still needs a lot of guys to play poorly;

“It’s hard to imagine Rory not being in contention this week as well as he’s been playing. All we can do is really worry about our game and try to get ourselves in position to try to win a golf tournament this week.”

Rory McIlroy has never previously competed at East Lake but he is oozing confidence after winning three times in his last four starts;

“I’m confident in my ability and confident with the shots that I’m hitting and confident on the greens. I’m making the right decisions out there, and everything is really just going to plan at the minute. It’s a nice run to be on, and I want to try and keep it going for as long as possible. The last four weeks, five weeks have been incredible, some of the best golf that I’ve ever played.”