Tour Championship would enhance successful year, says Tiger

Tiger Woods' Round 1 highlights from TOUR Championship 2018

Tiger Woods sends fans into meltdown with astonishing eagle

Woods nailed an eagle putt from just under 30 feet on the final hole to finish his round at five-under.

Tiger Woods rolled in an eagle putt at the 18th to sign for a five-under-par 65 and take a share of the clubhouse lead at the Tour Championship.

The victor of the FedExCup receives $10 million, while the Tour Championship offers a $9 million purse.

Americans Tony Finau, Dustin Johnson and Justin Thomas, last year's champion, could also secure the FedEx Cup by winning the Tour Championship, regardless of other results.

After starting off with a birdie, Finau made back-to-back bogeys at holes 4 and 5. The final card went for $40,625 previous year, with Paisley needs to finish in a two-way tie for fourth or better to mathematically have a chance to secure one of the 25 PGA Tour at stake.

"We don't play very many places like this where if you have control of your ball, if you have control of your game, you're probably going to have a good chance to win", Thomas said.

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Fowler, who skipped the first two playoff events recovering from an oblique injury, posted his fourth 65 in his past five rounds.

And the closing eagle putt that dropped to him to a tie atop the Tour Championship leaderboard with Rickie Fowler certainly was a nice boost.

"Sixty-five has been a good number to me", Fowler told Steve Sands of Golf Channel. "All in all, I had a lot of control today". That was fleeting as Rose overtook him just minutes later with a birdie on No. 10.

McIlroy had held the early lead after carding four birdies in the first six holes, but eventually had to settle for a three-under-par 67.

It is heady territory for Woods after his spinal fusion past year, making his first appearance in the tour's season-ending championship since 2013. He went on to win after shooting a 64 in the first round in 2007.

It wasn't as low as the 62 he shot at Aronimink to share the 18-hole lead in the BMW Championship two weeks ago. "Conditions were soft there". "It's hard to make birdies, and on top of that, it's hard to get the ball close. It puts a premium on driving and puts a premium on allowing for a little bit of chase on some of those greens". I'd like to see that happen, I just need to go out there and do it. "And with my wedge game right now, a pretty high percentage I would have got that up-and-down". The current world No. 8 will next week also celebrate making his Ryder Cup debut and DeChambeau could be partnering Woods in Versailles.

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