Billy Horschel and Chris Kirk, the in form people, are leading the Tour Championship together, tied at the top of the East Lake Golf Club leaderboard.
Billy and Chris both recorded opening rounds at The TOUR Championship of -4 under par 66 at East Lake Golf Club. Although Billy’s wife Brittany is expecting a baby any time soon, she told him to keep playing golf;
“My wife is totally on board, she’s a golfer. She understands what this victory and FedExCup Playoffs and what it all means. I’ve probably got the greatest wife out here.”
“There wasn’t much discussion. I brought up the question. She said you’re staying.”
“I won’t find out on the course, because my focus may be taken away from the task at hand. But after the round’s over with, I will be flying home, spend a few hours and then flying back later that day or the next morning before the round of golf.”
“Having a chance to win $10 million and our first child on the way, it’s pretty amazing, especially the time of year that it’s happening.”
“Listen, Hunter Mahan did a great thing last year pulling out, but I would think if he was in my position with winning, having a chance to win, roughly $10 million more, if you had the TOUR Championship winner’s check and everything, I think it would be maybe a no brainer to stay put and keep playing and go home in between rounds.”
Chris mentioned the solid rounds they both played today, and how good it was to go round with Billy;
“We both had a solid day, Billy’s obviously been playing some pretty incredible golf with winning last week and finishing second the week before. And I’ve been doing all right myself.”
“So it was a comfortable pairing for both of us, I think, and the golf course played really, really well. It was tough, but very fair. And we both had it going pretty nice.”
There are four players tied in third place, Jim Furyk, Jason Day, Bubba Watson and Patrick Reed, all on -3 under par for the tournament.
Patrick is in the unenviable position of choosing which caddy to use, wife Justine, who has recently given birth to their son, or her brother Kessler, who him helped win two tournaments when Justine was not available;
“Depends on how Justine feels, what her comfort level is and what she feels like doing.”
“I mean, whether she’s caddying or whether Kessler’s caddying, I know I can play well. I’ve won with both of them, played some great golf with both of them.”
“Obviously it’s more of a family decision on what we feel is most comfortable not only for us but also for little Windsor Wells.”
The gathered media could only ask Bubba who was longest off the tee, him or Rory, great answer from Bubba;
“Who cares. Ask Rory. He could care less, too. Listen, all we want to do is win. We’re trying to win golf tournaments. Jim Furyk’s record, Corey Pavin’s record’s a lot better than Bubba Watson. So I wish I hit it like them, I guess.”
Rory had a slow start to this tournament, currently at -1 under par, along with Sergio Garcia, Adam Scott, Rickie Fowler and Ryan Palmer.