Stanley opens strong at East Lake, and so does Spieth

ABS-CBN Sports on Sep 22, 2017 06:32 AM
Stanley opens strong at East Lake, and so does Spieth
Kyle Stanley waves to the crowd as he walks off the 18th hole after finishing the first round of the Tour Championship golf tournament at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

By Doug Ferguson, Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) — Kyle Stanley and Jordan Spieth are off to strong starts in the Tour Championship with different goals in mind.

Stanley ran off four straight birdies on the front nine, and then added two more late in his round on a steamy Thursday afternoon at East Lake for a 6-under 64. He had a two-shot lead.

Spieth had a 67, which was just fine with him. No one among the top five seeds in the FedEx Cup had a lower score, so that kept Spieth on track in his bid to join Tiger Woods as the only two-time winner of the $10 million bonus.

Stanley is the No. 22 seed. He needs to win and have Spieth finish toward the bottom third of the 30-man field to claim the FedEx Cup.

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