September 19 2013
ATLANTA -- Despite tendonitis in his left wrist, Henrik Stenson made seven birdies and just one bogey en route to a 64 and a one-shot lead Thursday at the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola.
Adam Scott is alone in second, while Billy Horschel and Steve Stricker are another stroke back at 4 under.
Playing at East Lake for the first time, Stenson was near-flawless on his opening nine, making four straight birdies at one point before going out in 30.
The Swede missed just three greens in regulation and took only 27 putts, tied for the fewest in the 30-man field.
Meanwhile, it was a tale of two nines for Scott.
He struggled on East Lake's front side, making the turn in 1 over before a run of six birdies over his first seven holes on the back to close in 29.
Either player would win the FedExCup with a win here this week.
So would Tiger Woods, but he has a long way to go after a 73 that left him in second-to-last place. Only Jason Dufner played worse with a 74.
Woods struggled mightily with his putter, taking 34 putts and was the only player in the field without a birdie on his scorecard. It marked just the seventh time in Woods' career that has happened and the first since the opening round of the 2010 U.S. Open.
As a result, Woods, who teed off in Thursday's final pairing, will be first off with Dufner on Friday as players will be re-paired after each round in the season finale.