PGA Tour Championship starts off swinging



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PGA Tour Championship starts off swinging

The Tour Championship field is headlined by Dustin Johnson, Jon Rahm and Rory McIlroy. This is the third and final event of the PGA Tour FedEx Cup playoffs, with the top 30 in points battling it out at East Lake Golf Club in a handicapped tournament to determine who will win the FedEx Cup.

Dustin Johnson and Jon Rahm were tied after one round of the Tour Championship. Johnson led by two strokes over Rahm entering Friday, thanks to his top finish in the season-long FedEx Cup standings, before Rahm caught him.

At the Tour Championship, Johnson and Rahm exchanged birdies on the 2nd, 6th, 12th, 13th and 15th. Rahm closed the gap as he had one less bogey and one more birdie, his 3 on the par-4 16th pulling him into a share of the lead.

Johnson finished with a 3-under 67 and Rahm a 5-under 65, and both are at 13-under overall. “I mean, the only birdie we didn’t share was mine on 16. Besides that we birdied every single hole together, which is kind of unique, right? We just didn’t have bogeys on the same bogeys,” Rahm said.

“I mean, technically it is a continuation, right?” Rahm added. “I kind of stole that tournament last week from him and he started with a two-shot lead, so hopefully I can steal this one, as well”. But the fat lady hasn’t sung yet.

Johnson and Rahm only lead by two over Justin Thomas, four over by Rory McIlroy and six over by Abraham Ancer. Thomas started the day three shots behind Johnson. He ended well as he birdied 1, 2, 4, 14 and 18 for a 4-under 66 and an 11-under total.

Proud new father, Rory McIlroy shot a 6-under 64, tied for the day’s best round with Ancer, and his second-best round of the year. McIlroy birdied eight holes, including his last three. “Yeah, golf was the furthest thing from my mind the first few days this week,” said McIlroy, who started the day seven shots behind Johnson.

“And then once we got home on Wednesday and everything was good and mom and baby were healthy, that sort of took a load off my mind, and that meant I could come here and somewhat focus on what I’m supposed to do”.

With a $15 million purse, it is still anybody's Tour Championship and if anything was learnt over the past few months since golf resumed, nothing indeed, is impossible.