ATLANTA — As the second round of the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola begins under sunny skies at East Lake on Friday, here are some interesting facts unearthed by the PGA TOUR’s crack media staff.
> Justin Rose capped his 66, his best opening round at East Lake, with a birdie putt from 52 feet, 2 inches on the 18th hole. It is the second-longest putt made on No. 18 in tournament history. K.J. Choi made a bomb from 60 feet, 10 inches during round two in 2002.
> Tiger Woods, who matched Rose’s 66, has now led or shared the first-round lead 27 times in his PGA TOUR career, converting 13 into victories. The last time Woods led through 18 holes was The Barclays in 2010, where he tied for 12th. The last time Woods turned a first-round lead into a victory was the 2006 World Golf Championships-American Express Championship.
> Rory McIlroy, who opened with a 69, is trying to capture three consecutive events and subsequently win the FedExCup. Tiger Woods is the last player to win three straight when he won the PGA Championship, the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational and the Deutsche Bank Championship in 2006.
> Tiger Woods is the leading money winner in TOUR Championship history with more than $5 million earned in 12 events. He has finished second at the TOUR Championship four times, the most runner-up finishes in tournament history (2000, 2004, 2005 and 2009) — and the most in any single event in Woods’ career.
> Rory McIlroy (2012), Luke Donald (2011) and Tiger Woods (2009, 2008, 2007) are the only three players to hold the No. 1 spot in the FedExCup standings, Official World Golf Ranking and PGA TOUR money list at the same time.
> Bo Van Pelt, who is one shot off the lead, is playing in the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola for the third consecutive year. Other players who have reached East Lake in each of the last three seasons are Luke Donald, Hunter Mahan, Nick Watney, Adam Scott, Justin Rose, Matt Kuchar, Bubba Watson, Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson and Steve Stricker.