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Casey, Donald & Ogilvy Share Tour Championship Lead – SportsUntapped.com
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Added September 23rd, 2010 by Chalk

Casey, Donald & Ogilvy Share Tour Championship Lead
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After the first round of the Tour Championship in Georgia, where 30 of the world’s top golfers are competing for over $11 million, three golfers were tied atop the leaderboard at -4. The Tour Championship co-leaders are Paul Casey, ranked 7th in the world and 5th in the FedExCup standings, Luke Donald (9th/7th) and Geoff Ogilvy (28th/12th). Jim Furyk (6th/11th) is one shot back.

The winner of the Tour Championship will take home over $1 million in prize money, and whoever ends up on top of the FedExCup standings will take home a lot more — $10 million.  Casey, as one of the top five golfers in the standings, would automatically win the $10 million if he wins the tournament, and could possibly finish second in the tournament and still win.  The other 25 golfers would need varying degrees of help (check out a complete breakdown of what each golfer needs in this post).

Of the top five who control their destiny, only Casey finished under par. FedExCup points leader Matt Kuchar had a disappointing +2 round, putting him in 19th place, six shots back. Only nine golfers had first round scores under par. K.J. Choi was alone in fifth place with a -2, while world #2 Phil Mickelson is tied for sixth at -1, along with Kevin Na, Hunter Mahan and Jason Day. With a three-way tie for second or better, Mickelson would finally take the top world ranking from Tiger Woods.

Ogilvy sounded pretty happy with his opening round:

I don’t think I hit all the fairways, but I was right next to a lot of fairways in good lies. I hit my irons very well and I had quite a lot of five-, six-, seven-foot putts for birdies and I made all of them, I think. So it was just a tidy round of golf on a golf course that’s pretty difficult. … Anything under par was a good score today, so I wasn’t too disappointed.

Donald, who hasn’t won a PGA Tour event since 2006, says he’s trying not to worry about what he needs to win the FedExCup. “The only thing I can control is trying to win this tournament,” said the 32-year-old Englishman. “Unfortunately, I’m outside the top five, so I don’t control the FedExCup. But if I can go out and win the tournament, then I have a great chance.

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