Henrik Stenson looked like he couldn't miss Thursday in the Tour Championship. Tiger Woods didn't make a thing.
Stenson ran off five birdies over a six-hole stretch on the front nine at East Lake. His last birdie, a 5-iron from 223 yards to 4 feet on the par-3 18th hole, gave him a 6-under 64 and a one-shot lead over Masters champion Adam Scott.
Scott made six birdies in seven holes for a 29 on the back nine. There were birdies galore on a warm, relatively calm afternoon at East Lake, except for Woods. Woods missed a short birdie putt on his opening hole that set the tone for the day. He was the only player in the 30-man field to go without a birdie.
It was only the seventh time in his PGA Tour career, and third time at East Lake, that he went an entire round without a birdie. Woods shot a 73, matching his highest opening round of the year on the PGA Tour. He walked past reporters without comment.
The No. 2-seeded Stenson, the hottest player in golf over the last three months, and Scott (No. 3) only have to win the Tour Championship to capture the FedEx Cup and the $10 million prize.
Stenson began his big run with four straight tournaments in the top 3, including two majors and a World Golf Championship, and then won the Deutsche Bank Championship. But he was coming off a mediocre performance in the BMW Championship last week that left him so angry he smashed and broke his driver on the final hole, and then smashed up a locker at Conway Farms.
Plus, he was coping with a sore wrist from last weekend that hurt so much he only played nine holes this week in practice. "I really knew I had to be in a good frame of mind coming out there if I wanted to play good golf this week," Stenson said. Asked how he could go from the joy of winning a FedEx Cup playoff event to losing his temper in one tournament, Stenson replied, "I can tell you