Thomas surges to share lead with Casey, Simpson

Thomas surges to share lead with Casey, Simpson

But, that's what happened at East Lake Golf Club on Thursday in the first round of the Tour Championship.

The trio is at 7-under 133 at the midway point of final event of the FedEx Cup Playoffs.

"I'm definitely pleased, but I felt like I didn't shoot as low as what the scorecard said", Thomas told Sky Sports. "I had some good putts that I don't know how they didn't go in".

Thomas, Simpson and Casey lead by one stroke from a group of four including American Patrick Reed, whose 65 was the day's best score.

While now T24 in the 30-man field all hope isn't yet lost for Leishman who could move well up the leaderboard with a score in the mid to low 60's on day three.

American Thomas eagled the par-five 18th after hoisting his second shot to five feet for a four-under-par 66 on another benign day at East Lake. Casey last won at the KLM Open in 2014, while Simpson last won four years ago in Las Vegas.

PGA Championship victor Thomas, 24, played with precision but until the final hole had not extracted full value from his round.

Simpson, the 2012 U.S. Open champion, had to overcome a double-bogey at No. 13 after hooking his drive. Rahm made eagle on the par-5 sixth, and he almost ended his round with another eagle.

Atkins, who shared the first-round lead with Nicholas Lindheim, was even par on the front nine before getting birdies on Nos.

Spieth was among five players at 67 that included two other top seeds, Justin Thomas (No 2) and Jon Rahm (No 5).

For Day the round got off to a great start and at 4-under through 10 holes and just one off the lead he looked to be stamping his authority on the season ending tournament.

World No. 1 Dustin Johnson, the No. 3 seed entering the tournament, failed to get any traction for the second straight day and signed for a 69.

"I guess it was because I was leaving a lot of shots out there". It was about as much as I can get out of a five iron.

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