FARMINGDALE, N.Y. – Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Zach Johnson played together in the first round of The Barclays on Thursday at Bethpage Black State Park Black Course. PGATOUR.COM had hole-by-hole coverage of the threesome, who come into the first FedExCup Playoffs event ranked Nos. 1, 2 and 3 respectively.
HOLE BY HOLE: ROUND 1
No. 10 – Woods and Johnson found the fairway while McIlroy was just in the left rough. The Northern Irishman was the only player to find the green in regulation, leaving himself a 14-foot birdie putt. Johnson, who was over the green, chipped to 5 feet and Woods, who came up short, put his third shot within 4. McIlroy came within 5 inches of his first birdie and tapped in for par. Woods converted his par save while Johnson made bogey. Woods: Even. McIlroy: Even. Johnson: 1 over.
No. 11 – Woods found the fairway off the tee but put his second shot on the collar of the green, 10 yards from the green. He chipped to 3 feet and made the putt for par. McIlroy was in the intermediate rough to the left of the fairway but had no problems with his second shot, setting up a 2-footer for a successful birdie. After finding a second fairway and green in regulation, Johnson missed a 9-footer for birdie and settled for par. McIlroy: 1 under. Woods: Even. Johnson: 1 over.
No. 12 – All three players find the fairway on the dogleg-left, 501-yard par 4. Woods, who had 221 yards to the hole, put his second shot on the green but left himself a 34-footer for birdie. Johnson’s second shot from 177 settled 22 feet from the pin while McIlroy, who had left himself 159 yards to the green, put his approach within 11 feet. All three miss their birdie putts. McIlroy and Johnson made tap-in pars but Woods has to hole a 4-footer. McIlroy: 1 under. Woods: Even. Johnson: 1 over.
No. 13 – The 13th hole is a 608-yard par 5. McIlroy hits the longest drive there of 307 yards but all three players are safely in the fairway. Johnson hits first and lays up to 96 yards while Woods is 20 yards closer and McIlroy will have 104 yards for his third. The world No. 1 leaves himself a 20-footer for birdie, then Johnson hits to 2 feet and Woods is 7 feet away. McIlroy and Johnson convert but Woods put his birdie putt 2 feet by. McIlroy: 2 under. Johnson: Even. Woods: Even.
No. 14 – Three more birdie putts for the featured group at the 170-yard par 3. Woods is the only one who converts, from 16 feet, while Johnson two-putts from 27 feet and McIlroy from 20. McIlroy: 2 under. Woods: 1 under. Johnson: Even.
No. 15 – McIlroy is the only player who found the fairway at the 15th hole. Woods and Johnson were both in the right rough. Johnson’s second shot from 213 yards went over the green while Woods came up on the putting surface but 53 yards short. McIlroy, meanwhile, sets up a 14-footer for birdie with another pinpoint iron. Johnson chips to 3 feet and ends up making par while Woods misses his long birdie by less than a foot. McIlroy climbs into a tie for the lead with his third birdie in six holes. McIlroy: 3 under. Woods: 1 under. Johnson: Even.
No. 16 – Woods is the only player to find the fairway and the green on the 16th hole, a 474-yard par 4. Johnson drives into the left rough, McIlroy the right, but both players find the same greenside bunker. Johnson leaves himself the longest par putt at 18 feet while McIlroy barely gets out of the sand, then blasts to 4 feet and makes bogey. Woods misses his birdie putt while Johnson joins him in making par. McIlroy: 2 under. Woods: 1 under. Johnson: Even.
[Photos: Tiger, Rory and Zach at The Barclays]
No. 17 – Woods has the longest birdie putt of 45 feet at this 207-yard par 3. Johnson is 11 feet from the pin and McIlroy 12 inches closer. The 23-year-old Northern Irishman is the only one to convert — which gets him into a seven-way tie for the lead — with Johnson and Woods two-putting for pars. McIlroy: 3 under. Woods: 1 under. Johnson: Even.
No. 18 – Three more balls in the fairway. Johnson, who has 182 yards to the green, puts his approach 31 feet from the pin. McIlroy, from 172 yards, leaves himself a 28-foot birdie putt while Woods, from the same distance, comes up a foot closer. All three get two-putt pars. McIlroy: 3 under. Woods: 1 under. Johnson: Even.
No. 1 – Woods hits his tee shot into the left rough. Johnson is in the right intermediate rough while McIlroy is the only one to find the fairway. Woods misses the green to the left and chips to 3 feet for par. Johnson two-putts from 19 feet for another par while McIlroy does the same from 14. McIlroy: 3 under. Woods: 1 under. Johnson: Even.
No. 2– McIlroy found the left rough off the tee, the other two the fairway. Johnson’s approach was the closest at 17 feet while Woods left himself a 21-footer and McIlroy a putt of 32. Woods is the only one to make his birdie putt. McIlroy: 3 under. Woods: 2 under. Johnson: Even.
No. 3 – Tiger must have been fired up after that last birdie. He staked his approach at the 239-yard, par-3 third hole to 8 feet. McIlroy and Johnson both found the back left greenside bunker, blasting out to 11 and 5 feet, respectively. McIlroy couldn’t save par but Johnson did. Woods missed his birdie putt. Woods: 2 under. McIlroy: 2 under. Johnson: Even.
No. 4 – McIlroy hit the longest drive at the 510-yard par 5, his 312-yard poke clipping Woods by 8 yards. Johnson, after a 274-yard drive, put his second shot in the front bunker and then blasted to 10 feet. McIlroy put his second shot over the green and chipped back to 7 feet while Woods did the same and chipped to 8 feet. Johnson and Woods made their birdie putts but McIlroy two-putted for par. Woods: 3 under. McIlroy: 2 under. Johnson: 1 under.
No. 5 – Woods drove 327 yards into the right rough while McIlroy found the left intermediate rough 319 yards out. Johnson put his second shot on the green but left himself 53 feet from the pin. Woods’ approach landed in the front left bunker and McIlroy gave himself a 31-footer for birdie. Johnson comes within 5 inches on his long birdie attempt while McIlroy misses by 7. All three go on to make par. Woods: 3 under. McIlroy: 2 under. Johnson: 1 under.
No. 6 – Wow. Zach Johnson nearly holed his approach from 161 yards and he’ll tap-in from 16 inches for birdie. Woods, on the other hand, put his approach in the right greenside bunker after finding the right rough off the tee. He blasted out to 8 feet and missed the par putt. McIlroy was short of the green in two and couldn’t get up and down so he made bogey, as well. Woods: 2 under. Johnson: 2 under. McIlroy: 1 under.
No. 7 – All three drives land in the fairway with Woods and McIlroy about 30 yards farther than Johnson. Johnson’s approach finds the left bunker, as does that of McIlroy, while Woods is over the green in two. McIlroy nearly holes his bunker shot and taps in from 3 inches for his first birdie on his back nine. Woods chips to 9 feet and Johnson blasts to 5 — and both make their birdie putts as well. Woods: 3 under. Johnson: 3 under. McIlroy: 2 under.
No. 8 – The 197-yard eighth hole featured a trio of two-putt pars. Woods’ came from 34 feet and Johnson’s from 31 while McIlroy was the closest at 17 feet. Woods: 3 under. Johnson: 3 under. McIlroy: 2 under.
No. 9 – Three fairways hit and three greens in regulation on the Featured Group’s last hole, a 463-yard par 4. Woods has a 30-footer while McIlroy is 26 feet away and Johnson is the closest at 14. No one can convert, though, so Woods and Johnson finish four strokes off Padraig Harrington’s pace while McIlroy trails by five.. Woods: 3 under. Johnson: 3 under. McIlroy: 2 under.
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