Surprise, surprise. Tiger Woods is in the lead after the 1st round of the PGA Tour Championship that will decide the winner of the FedEx Cup Playoffs. Woods was paired with youngster Rory McIlroy as the last group to tee off yesterday, and both golfers played relatively well. Woods finished tied for 1st and 4 under par and McIlroy is currently tied for 12th at 1 under par.
The majority of the field finished at even par or better, with only 9 players finishing above par. However, even the worst round of the day, belonging to Nick Watney, is only 9 shots off of the lead at 5 over par. With the talent that is present in this field, there is sure to be a lot of movement on the leaderboard before the conclusion of the tournament on Sunday. With that being said, 9 shots is still a lot to make up considering the people left in this tournament are considered the best of the best.
All 12 members of the U.S. Ryder Cup team are competing in the final tournament of this year’s FedEx Cup playoffs, which is a great warm-up for the international match that takes place next week. While it’s a completely different format, the pressure they are likely to endure can only help hone their mental game for next week.
Phil Mickelson is currently 3 shots off of the lead at 1 under par and will tee off at 12:45 EST today with McIlroy. Something tells me that the dynamic between Rory and Lefty will be markedly different than that of Woods and McIlroy yesterday.
Here’s another shocker: Bubba Watson currently leads the field in driving distance, with a 330.0 average. Brandt Snedeker is currently atop the field in driving accuracy, hitting fairways at an 85.71% clip and the always steady Zach Johnson has hit 88.89% of his greens in regulation. Lee Westwood is on top of putting average at 1.500, which could be a bad sign for the rest of the field. If his putter gets hot, he could be dangerous.
Interestingly enough, Tiger, who is tied for the lead, is only in the top 5 of 1 category, and that is putting average (1.615). If he wants to hang onto his lead, he is going to need be more consistent in the last 3 rounds.