Justin Thomas Loses Cushion, shares lead in Tour Championship

TOUR Championship- Round One

Brooks Koepka chips to the fourth green during the first round of the Tour Championship golf tournament Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, in Atlanta.

Scott won the Tour Championship in 2006 before it was part of the tour's Fedex Cup points race.

Conners is at 3-under 68 and seven strokes back of the lead.

"I mean, the lead's always nice, so I'll take that", Koepka said.

"I feel better. I don't feel like I'm clicking 100 per cent, but it's definitely close", he told reporters after his round. His save at the 18th out of the trees showed just how well he is playing even when he does hit bad shots.

"You put me six back with 72 holes to go, I've definitely got a chance".

Koepka had three straight birdies at the sixth, seventh and eighth, but like most he struggled on a tough back nine after a weather delay.

At the very top, Justin Thomas, Brooks Koepka and Xander Schauffele all share the lead at 10 under, but just beyond them is Rory McIlroy at 9 under.

Koepka was one of only five players to manage a round of 67 or better and the American was satisfied with his performance.

The 2017 FedExCup champion dug deep to stay in red numbers and regained the outright lead with his third birdie of the round at the 14th, but a poorly-struck wedge to the 15th came up short and right and landed in the water hazard - a mistake which led to a double-bogey five. I played good today.

"For how hard East Lake is, I gave myself a lot of good looks, uphill looks, and I didn't make too many putts", Schauffele said.

"The rain delay kind of killed any momentum I had", he said. Everybody's got to deal with the same thing.



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