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Stenson fires 64 for lead
Henrik Stenson shot a 6-under 64 for a one-shot lead over Masters champion Adam Scott at the Tour Championship.
The Associated Press
ATLANTA — Henrik Stenson looked like he couldn’t miss Thursday in the Tour Championship.
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-par 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.
“First seven holes is probably as good a proximity to the hotel as I’ve ever had,” Stenson said. “Seven iron shots and made five birdies out of that.”
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. On the par 5s, Woods three-putted for par on No. 9 and missed a putt just inside 10 feet on No. 15.
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.
Stenson, the No. 2 seed and the hottest player in golf over the past three months, and Scott (No. 3) only have to win the Tour Championship to capture the FedEx Cup and the $10 million prize.
Steve Stricker rallied late with three straight birdies for a 66, tied with Billy Horschel.
Woods wasn’t alone in his struggles. Phil Mickelson switched to the claw grip midway through his round and nothing seemed to help. He had a 71. Nick Watney, coming off a runner-up finish in Chicago just to get into the Tour Championship, had a 72. PGA champ Jason Dufner was in last place at 74.
Scott also was angry at himself, only because he was giving himself so many chances off the tee and throwing them away with short irons in his hand.
• Nicolas Colsaerts of Belgium shot a 65 to join Ricardo Gonzalez of Argentina and Maximilian Kieffer of Germany at 7 under as they shared the lead after the first round of the Italian Open in Turin.