Stenson opens with a 64 to take the lead at East Lake, Tiger lags
By Doug Ferguson ,APATLANTA -- Henrik Stenson looked like he couldn't miss Thursday in the Tour Championship.
September 21, 2013, 12:07 am TWN
Tiger Woods didn't make a thing.
Stenson ran off five birdies over a six-hole stretch on the front nine at East Lake. His last birdie, a 5-iron from 223 yards to 4 feet on the par-3 18th hole, gave him a 6-under 64 and a one-shot lead over Masters champion Adam Scott.
Scott made six birdies in seven holes for a 29 on the back nine.
There were birdies galore on a warm, relatively calm afternoon at East Lake — except for Woods.
Woods missed a short birdie putt on his opening hole that set the tone for the day. He was the only player in the 30-man field to go without a birdie.
It was only the seventh time in his PGA Tour career — and third time at East Lake — that he went an entire round without a birdie. Woods shot a 73, matching his highest opening round of the year on the PGA Tour. He walked past reporters without comment.
The No. 2-seeded Stenson, the hottest player in golf over the last three months, and Scott (No. 3) only have to win the Tour Championship to capture the FedEx Cup and the US$10 million prize.
Steve Stricker rallied late with three straight birdies for a 66, tied with Billy Horschel.
Stenson began his big run with four straight tournaments in the top three — including two majors and a World Golf Championship — and then won the Deutsche Bank Championship. But he was coming off a mediocre performance in the BMW Championship last week that left him so angry he smashed and broke his driver on the final hole, and then smashed up a locker at Conway Farms.
Plus, he was coping with a sore wrist from last weekend that hurt so much he only played nine holes this week in practice.
It was the latest example of the Swede's temper, and he handled it with an apology to Conway Farms and self-deprecating humor.