With only 30 players left in the FedEx Cup playoffs, anyone in the field has a chance to take home the $10 million championship prize. The top 5 in the standings, Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods, Nick Watney, Phil Mickelson and Brandt Snedeker control their own destiny in the PGA Tour Championship, while the rest of the field would need some help to come on out on top of the standings.
The most talked about group of the day was that of McIlroy and Woods, who teed off last due to the fact that they were ranked 1st and 2nd, respectively in the standings. Adding to the drama were the comments by Greg Norman earlier in the week, when he said that he believed Tiger was intimated by the youngster, McIlroy.
If he was intimidated, Tiger certainly didn’t show it in the first round at the East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, GA. Woods was smoking hot out of the gate in the first round, finishing at 4 under par and tied for the lead with Justin Rose. He birdied 2 of the first 3 holes and finished the front 9 at 2 under par. Three birdies and bogey on the back 9 gave him a 4 under par 66 for the round.
McIlroy, on the other hand, is currently tied for 12th at 1 under par, thanks to 3 birdies and 2 bogeys on the day. While it wasn’t a phenomenal performance by any means, Rory certainly didn’t put himself out of contention after the first round.
The first group tees off at 11:45 today, while Rose and Woods (the 2 leaders after round 1) go off at 2:05. The leader board is likely to look much different by the end of the day than it does right now.
Who do you think will be on top heading into the weekend?