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September 20 2013

10:24 AM

Tiger starts in first group in Rd. 2

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The fans at East Lake will see a rarity on Friday -- Tiger in the first group out.

ATLANTA -- Tiger Woods begins Friday's second round of the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola in next-to-last place in the 30-man field. In the seven-year history of the FedExCup Playoffs, that's the worst starting position of any No. 1 seed going into the second round at East Lake (see chart below).

It's certainly unfamiliar territory for Woods. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the only other time Tiger finished in the bottom two after any round of a PGA TOUR event since turning pro was in 1998, when he finished the second round of the TOUR Championship in last place. (As an amateur, he was tied for last place after the third round of the 1995 Masters.)

Woods opened with a 3-over 73 on Thursday, failing to make a birdie for just the fourth time in a round in the last 10 years.

Woods ties off with Jason Dufner at 11:40 a.m. ET. Once he tees off, you can click here to follow Tiger's round on Shot Tracker. And let us know how you think Tiger will play in Friday's second round by joining the discussion below.

NO. 1 SEEDS AFTER ROUND 1 OF TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP

Year No. 1 seed Rd. 1 score Rd. 1 position Final position
2013 Tiger Woods 73 29th ??
2012 Rory McIlroy 69 Tied for 12th Tied for 10th
2011 Webb Simpson 69 Tied for 16th 22nd
2010 Matt Kuchar 72 19th Tied for 25th
2009 Tiger Woods 67 Tied for 2nd 2nd
2008 Vijay Singh 73 Tied for 17th Tied for 22nd
2007 Tiger Woods 64 Tied for 3rd Won
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