Henrik Stenson: On target for the FedEx Cup jackpot
Henrik Stenson leads the Tour Championship at East Lake after outscoring playing partner Tiger Woods by nine shots on day one.
Sent out in FedEx Cup order, No.2 Stenson fired a superb six-under 64 to take a one-shot lead over Adam Scott while Tiger's three-over 73 left him in 29th place in the 30-man field.
Those three - along with Zach Johnson and Matt Kuchar (both shot 69s) - know that a win this week will give them the FedEx Cup trophy and the amazing $10m bonus fund.
And it's Stenson who is now in pole position after some sensational iron play took him to the top of the leaderboard.
The Swede, who won the Deutsche Bank Championship two starts ago, put on a ball-striking clinic on the front nine, peppering the flag with a series of wonderful approach shots.
That led to five birdies in the first seven holes as he converted from 8 feet, 8 inches, 4 feet, 23 inches and 10 feet.
After going out in 30, Stenson cooled on the back nine but another brilliant iron shot at 18 allowed him to hole from inside four feet for a seventh birdie of the day and edge one in front of Scott.
In contrast to Stenson, Masters champion Scott went on a birdie blitz on the back nine. The Aussie was one-over at the turn but reeled off six birdies in seven holes from the 10th to post a five-under 65.
Woods, meanwhile, failed to card a single birdie in a miserable 18 which saw all parts of his game fail to function - especially his putter.
Tiger was one of just six players who failed to break par on a calm day at East Lake and only US PGA champ Jason Dufner (74) shot higher.
Billy Horschel and Steve Stricker share third place after four-under 66s while another American, Roberto Castro, is in solo fifth following a 67.