Koepka leads at East Lake as stars get some separation

ABS-CBN Sports on Aug 24, 2019 08:15 AM
Koepka leads at East Lake as stars get some separation
Brooks Koepka chips to the fourth green during the first round of the Tour Championship golf tournament Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)

By Doug Ferguson, Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) — Brooks Koepka took a one-shot lead with a two-putt birdie on the final hole Friday at the Tour Championship.

Koepka, the No. 3 seed in the FedEx Cup who started the tournament at 7-under par, had a 3-under 67 and reached 13 under in the new format where the score to par is what decides who wins the $15 million.

He was one shot ahead of Rory McIlroy and Justin Thomas, who were headed different directions when their rounds ended.

Coming off a birdie at the 17th, McIlroy sliced a 5-wood out of the trees on the 18th to set up a birdie for a 67. Thomas didn't make a birdie on the back nine and shot 68.

Xander Schauffele made eagle on the 18th and was two shots behind.

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