Three birdies to finish his first round, a card of 65 (-5) and here is Scottie Scheffler clearly leading the final FedExCup tournament. Party at -10 by virtue of his number place in the general classification and now at -15, the world number one therefore continues to spin towards his first crowning of the PGA Tour season.
That five-point lead over Xander Schauffele (66) equals the widest ever held after a round at the Tour Championship, since 2019 and Dustin Johnson. Note also that number one in the FedExCup standings at the dawn of the last tournament has won the last two seasons (Dustin Johnson in 2020, Patrick Cantlay last year).
Separately, Scheffler revealed the reason behind his astonishing 74 in the final round at the British Open in St Andrews last month. A tasteless card that prevented him from getting involved in the fight for the Claret Jug. ” I had what is called a pilonidal infection, he explained to the press, offering to contain an embarrassed smile. It’s an infection at the top of the butt crack. It was really hard for me to bend over and swing on Sunday. Walking was actually extremely difficult. »
Rory doing Rory
In third place, we find Matt Fitzpatrick (64, -9) without bogey, author of the best score of the day with Joaquin Niemann. The Chilean is 4th in -8, with Patrick Cantlay (70).
Also in the top 10, Rory McIlroy did Rory McIlroy. That is to say, shoot yourself in the foot at the start of the game (triple bogey then bogey to start), before setting fire to East Lake with eight birdies and an eagle. The Northern Irishman finally returns a 67” unexpected According to him, placed him in 6th place in -7, alongside Cameron Smith (67) and Sung Jae Im (67).