Two Americans, Jay Haas and Jerry Kelly, share the lead with Northern Ireland's Darren Clarke after the first round of the PGA's Tour Championship in Atlanta, Georgia. Windy conditions left some golfers, including the top three players in the world, searching for answers.
Haas, Kelly and Clarke all shot three under par 67s in the first round. High winds and soggy ground led to some players shooting higher scores than expected. Kelly says that he was able to take some advice from his coach and relax during the first round.
"That's a big step for me. I have been overhauling [my game] for so long, that it is kind of nice to just go swing and trust it and I did," he said.
American David Toms is tied with countryman Zach Johnson for fourth place, one stroke back at two under par, 68.
Several golfers, including world number one Vijay Singh of Fiji and former Masters champion Mike Weir of Canada, are tied for sixth, two strokes off the lead at one under par, 69. Vijay, who is going for his 10th win on the Tour the year, says that he feels good about his first round.
"I had to play in the conditions and it is not going to get any better according to what the [weather] forecast says. I am pretty pleased with my position," he said.
U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen of South Africa is tied with American Stewart Cink, three shots off the lead at even par.
Masters champion Phil Mickleson is one over par. British Open winner Todd Hamilton of the United States, South Africa's Ernie Els and world number three Tiger Woods of the United States are part of a group of golfers two over par. Els says that both he and Woods will regroup before the second round.
"We, you know did not play too well, but we got a 72 out there. So we are not totally out of it. You never know it might be nice. Maybe we can play better tomorrow," he said.
The event is the last of the U.S. PGA Tour, and offers a first prize of more than $1 million.