Woods eagles 18 to make 65 at Tour Championship

Lynette Rowe
September 24, 2018

Woods gave a little fist pump after rolling in a 27-footer at the par-five 18th at East Lake in Atlanta.

Woods holed a 28-foot putt for eagle at the 18th to sign for a 5-under 65 and share the lead alongside fellow American Rickie Fowler.

The eagle came after a ridiculous approach on the par-5 18th. He stood No. 3 on the FedEx Cup list going into the tournament.

Bryson DeChambeau saw this coming.

Former world number one Woods has not claimed a tournament since 2013, though the 42-year-old has twice been a runner-up this season - most recently at the US PGA Championship. Rory McIlroy, who was 4-under par through 11 holes and made seven birdies, settled for 67 and is two shots back, along with Justin Thomas and Tony Finau.

Woods, who will represent the United States at next week's Ryder Cup, recovered from a bogey at the first and made back-to-back birdies at five and six. McIlroy will enter today 14th in the projected standings.

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"We don't play very many places like this where if you have control of your ball, if you have control of your game, you're probably going to have a good chance to win", Thomas said.

Fowler matched Woods, posting his fourth 65 in his past five rounds, while Rose shot 66 despite wedge play he described as "so bad" in a conversation with his caddie picked up by the on-course microphone. "All I can control is what I do and go out and try to win this week and see where the chips fall". That was fleeting as Rose overtook him just minutes later with a birdie on No. 10.

Woods last shared the 36-hole lead at the Wyndham Championship in 2015.

It is heady territory for Woods after his spinal fusion previous year, making his first appearance in the tour's season-ending championship since 2013. He shot a 62 at Aronimink in the opening round of the BMW Championship two weeks ago on a rain-soaked course that allowed just about everyone to go low. "Conditions were soft there. The only hard part was getting my speed on the greens". There's so much chasing in it, and if you drive the ball in the rough you know you can't get the ball close (to the pin). Didn't know how many tournaments I'd play in, and next thing you know, here I am in the Tour Championship. Carlos Ortiz and Jose de Jesus Rodriguez earned PGA Tour cards as top-25 finishers on the Web.com Tour regular-season money list, and McCarthy has made $75,793 in the first three Finals events to also wrap up a card.

Finau, Fowler and Woods - who will each play for Team USA in next week's Ryder Cup - are still seeking their first victories of 2018.

"I feel like I'm playing well, I just can't put it all together and it is frustrating", Leishman said.

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