ADAM SCOTT was just a stroke behind leader Henrik Stenson after the first round of the 2013 Tour Championship in Atlanta.
The Swede shot a 6-under 64 at the East Lake Golf club after a superb front nine that included five unanswered birdies.
Scott did things the other way around, coming alive on the 10th hole with three straight birdies and three more later to finish on 5-under.
Stenson snatched a birdie on the last to regain his earlier outright lead from the Australian, while Scott missed a sliding putt that would have seen him joint overnight leader.
“This is always a tricky course,” Scott said, particularly referring to the East Lake greens that never give anything away.
Jason Day certainly found that on the last, when he missed a short par putt to slip to 2-under, tied for sixth with seven others in the 30 man field.
Number one in the FedEx Cup rankings Tiger Woods had a round to forget. It was the first time since mid-2010 he opened a tournament without a single birdie, finishing at 3-over and sitting second last with only Jason Dufner (4-over) doing worse.
The fine weather of the first round is expected to deteriorate somewhat over the weekend so scoring opportunities could become harder to find.
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