Another tournament, another share of the first-round lead for Tiger Woods.
After bogeying the first, Woods made four birdies over the next 13 holes before an eagle at the last moved him into a share of the lead with Ryder Cup team-mate Fowler, who hit six birdies and one bogey.
A day after opening with a course-record equalling 62 at Aronimink Golf Club and sharing the lead, Woods stalled during an even-par 70 that left him at eight- under-par and five shots off the pace.
Justin Rose birdied his final two holes to tie Gary Woodland at 4 under and take over the projected No. 1 spot from Bryson DeChambeau, who is tied for 21st at 1 over. The 10 place finisher will receive $500,000. The only way he can win the overall title - he won it in 2007 and 2009 and is the only player to do so twice - is to first win the Tour Championship and then have various outcomes among players near the top. As you can see, Justin Rose would be the tournament's leader by two shots over Tony Finau, with DeChambeau three shots back.
"I probably should have just pitched out, and the worst I would make is 5", Woods said.
Watch the Tour Championship throughout the week live on Sky Sports. "My body's gotten better, he said afterward".
At the 5th hole, Woods was staring at a 26-foot birdie opportunity, but the putt required an extra ooomph of firmness, since there was a slight rise on the green right off the bat.
And Fowler, the world No. 9 who took off the first two playoff events to rest an injured oblique muscle, appears fully recovered.
"It's always been something", Woods said of what has kept him from winning this year.
"To be able to play golf again and to earn my way back to this level is something that I was hoping I would do at the beginning of the year, but I didn't know", Woods said. That gave him an opening-round 67 and puts him in a tie for fifth place behind co-leaders Rickie Fowler and Tiger Woods.
Garcia, the 2017 Masters champion, has dropped to 28th in the world rankings, but his Ryder Cup pedigree counted strongly in his favour with Bjorn as the leading points scorer in Team Europe history.
And quite looking forward to playing in the final pairing Friday with Woods. Houses along the side streets outside East Lake, and even one funeral home, offered parking and their yards were packed. "That's kind of nice that they're coming out and supporting this event and supporting me, as well".