Jordan Spieth was surprised he managed to shoot a 3-under 67 to open the Tour Championship after grinding on Thursday. The American endured a tricky day at East Lake Golf Club, but ended up mixing four birdies with just one bogey to be tied for sixth. Spieth is still the projected FedEx Cup champion despite sitting three shots behind leader Kyle Stanley.
Tiger Woods addressed the state of his life and his game this week with a blog post just before the Presidents Cup. The 2017 assistant captain for the U.S. team said he's been progressing well following the first photo we saw of him chipping a month ago. Woods had his fourth back surgery just after the 2017 Masters, and it was a spinal fusion surgery. After that, he was arrested for DUI in May and completed an out-of-state "private intensive program" this summer to address some issues he was having with prescription medication. Nevertheless, his latest update was encouraging and said it's "nice not to live in pain anymore" regarding the nerve pain his back was causing for the rest of his body.
ATLANTA – Justin Rose awoke Wednesday morning with an aching left shoulder and figured he must have slept on it wrong. When he woke on Thursday for Round 1 at the Tour Championship his level of concern elevated dramatically. “For some reason it got really bad overnight Wednesday and woke up just really struggling Thursday morning,” said Rose, who opened with a 2-under 68. “My whole team worked really hard around me to rally, just kind of sucked it up yesterday and got through the day, weathered the storm.” Rose, who primarily teed off with his 3-wood on Thursday to limit the strain on his shoulder, said he felt better on Friday for the second round and his score reflected that improvement. The