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ATLANTA -- On a day that saw Jim Furyk card a 6-under 64, Tiger Woods couldn't go backward.

But he did.

Woods fired a 3-over 73 to fall back to 1 under for the tournament, six shots off the lead at the Tour Championship.

"Well, I didn't play very good, didn't hit it very good and definitely didn't putt well," Woods said. "It was a struggle all day."

Woods had five bogeys and a double bogey on the day, a career-worst at East Lake. He falls back to third in the race for the FedEx Cup, with Rory McIlroy using a 2-under 68 to get back to the top of the standings.

See how it all unfolded:

• • •

No. 18, par 4, 235 yards

From our Bradley S. Klein on No. 18: East Lake is one of only a handful of major-venue courses to end on a par 3. This one will get the players’ blood racing because it demands a long iron or rescue to a well-bunkered, small green perched 15 feet above the tee box.

Off the tee: Tiger takes iron here and leaves it just short of the green, and he'll have a tough up-and-down to try and stay in red numbers.

Rest of the hole: Tiger hits a great chip to about 18 inches and taps in for a par. Solid finish to a poor round from Tiger.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 over (1 under for tournament)

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No. 17, par 4, 453 yards

From our Bradley S. Klein on No. 17: Over the years, the lake on the left side has been brought more into play. Three yawning fairway bunkers 275-320 yards off the tee are definitely to be avoided, though that brings water more into play.

Off the tee: A bad drive from Tiger here, sending it way right, near a fence behind the gallery. Just seemed like he didn't want to mess with the water on the left. Doesn't seem too upset by it, although another bogey could put him in a bad spot heading into the weekend.

Rest of the hole: After getting relief from the fence (free drop), Tiger has 165 yards left into the hole and flies the green. Poor shot after getting a break with the free drop. And he chunks the chip, leaving himself a 35-footer down the ridge for par. The play over the last couple of holes is not very Tiger-like. A two-putt and another bogey.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 over (1 under for tournament)

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No. 16, par 4, 481 yards

From our Bradley S. Klein on No. 16: The right side falls off quickly into woods; the left side gets progressively narrower from 230 to 320 yards off the tee thanks to four successive bunkers arrayed diagonally into the line of play.

Off the tee: Tiger uses driver here and finds the left rough and could be blocked by a tree with his second shot.

Rest of the hole: He is blocked by a tree and tries to play a big hook, but finds a greenside bunker on the right and will have the entire green to work with. A nice bunker shot leaves Tiger about 10 feet to save par. He misses that for another bogey. He isn't hitting his putts firm enough to hold their lines today.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 over (2 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Justin Rose nearly grabs a share of the lead, chipping to less than a foot from just off the green at the par-5 15th. He'd settle for birdie and move to 6 under. He's tied with Bo Van Pelt for second, one shot back of Jim Furyk.

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No. 15, par 5, 525 yards

From our Bradley S. Klein on No. 15: Now the course kicks into high gear with the first of four stirring and readily memorable holes. The pressure here on the 15th tee is that you feel like you have to make birdie just to stay abreast of the field.

Off the tee: With fairway wood, Tiger laces it up the left side of the fairway. Definitely can give it a go with his second shot.

Rest of the hole: Tiger tries to play a hard fade into the green and it never fades, sending it left and into the rough. He dropped his club in disgust. His third shot makes it to the green, but leaves himself 25 feet for birdie. He puts perfect pace on it, but burns the left edge and settles for par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over (3 under for tournament)

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No. 14, par 4, 442 yards

From our Bradley S. Klein on No. 14: Straightaway, slightly downhill, tight off the tee, to a green with a second tier that makes getting an approach close to the hole very difficult, especially out of the rough. From behind the green, as with much of East Lake, par-saving recoveries will go a long way toward determining the winner.

Off the tee: Well, Tiger's going to have to scramble again, sending his drive way right. He can't seem to put back-to-back good shots together on Friday.

Rest of the hole: Tiger has to hit through trees, hits the grandstand and it comes back into the rough just off the green. Still a long chip shot ahead. From an awkward lie, Tiger hits a chip to about 10 feet under the hole. This is a must-make. And he drains it to save par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over (3 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Jim Furyk just finished up a 6-under 64 after capping his round with a bogey at No. 18. Furyk's second round included nine birdies. He'll enter the weekend at 7 under. Also currently at 7 under is Bo Van Pelt, who still has four holes remaining today.

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No. 13, par 4, 453 yards

From our Bradley S. Klein on No. 13: The uphill drive has to trundle through an ominous-looking chute of tree and needs to steer wide right of two expansive fairway bunkers 280-330 yards out on the left.

Off the tee: Tiger needs to turn it on and quickly. He is six shots behind Jim Furyk and losing FedEx Cup points by the hole. He finds the fairway here. Nice tee ball.

Rest of the hole: Nice second shot here, leaving himself about 12 feet from under the hole for birdie. Better swing on that shot. And he buries the putt to get back to 1 over for the day and within five of the lead.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over (3 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Bubba Watson draws a huge eruption from the crowd after holing his third shot for birdie at the par-4 17th. Watson's drive went right but kicked back over a bunker and into the fairway. His second shot was just short and he elected to putt it from off the green. He's at 5 under, three shots back of Jim Furyk, and is 4 under thru 17 holes today.

• • •

No. 12, par 4, 391 yards

From our Bradley S. Klein on No. 12: All of a sudden the course loses steam thanks to the three consecutive par 4s arrayed in parallel, sausage style. This downhill hole is the toughest drive of any par 4 at East Lake thanks to a massive fairway bunker on the right and an overhanging hardwood on the right that cuts off the landing area.

Off the tee: Tiger is sputtering on Friday, just trying to stay within striking distance of the leaders. Tiger finds the right side of the fairway and has a nice angle to the pin on the left.

Rest of the hole: Tiger lands his approach pin-high and will have about 18 feet for birdie. But he three-putts from 18 feet to drop another shot and is now six shots off the lead. Very poor three-putt there.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 over (2 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: There is now a tie for the lead after Jim Furyk bogeys No. 16 to fall back to 7 under. He's joined there by Bo Van Pelt, who is 4 under thru 12 holes today. Rory McIlroy just finished up a 2-under 68. He'll enter the weekend at 3 under.

• • •

No. 11, par 3, 197 yards

From our Bradley S. Klein on No. 11: This hole occupies the far northeast corner of the property and plays slightly uphill to a deep green, the rear third of which cannot be seen from the tees.

Off the tee: Tiger tries to hit a cut shot into the green, but it stays a bit right and finds the rough just above a greenside bunker. Barks at himself after seeing the trajectory.

Rest of the hole: A delicate chip for Tiger and he leaves it about 7 feet under the hole. Misses it and another bogey.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over (3 under for tournament)

• • •

No. 10, par 4, 469 yards

From our Bradley S. Klein on No. 10: Another converted par 5, this one heavily bunkered the length of the fairway on the left side – close to the line best suited for approaching the small green. The putting surface is designed for a par 5 and thus somewhat elusive to long irons on a low trajectory. (See Brad's hole-by-hole breakdown here)

Off the tee: Tiger hammers his tee ball up the left side of the fairway, leaving himself about 170 yards into the green.

Rest of the hole: Perfect distance, but not enough pace to stay high enough for the birdie attempt to fall. Another two-putt par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (4 under for tournament)

Rest of the hole: Tiger puts his ball in the middle of the green, about 25 feet to the right of the hole.

Elsewhere on the course: Jim Furyk has moved back to 8 under after chipping close at the par-5 15th and making a 3-foot birdie putt. He leads Bo Van Pelt by two shots and a group that includes Tiger Woods, Dustin Johnson, Robert Garrigus, Zach Johnson and Matt Kuchar by four shots.

• • •

No. 9, par 5, 600 yards

From our Bradley S. Klein on No. 9: Forget the length here; this will be easily reachable in two for players who can drive the ball 300-plus yards in the air and reach the downward kick point where fairway turbo-charges the ball forward.

Off the tee: Tiger blows off some steam here and blasts a huge drive up the left side of the fairway. Might be able to get after this in two.

Rest of the hole: From just over 250 yards, Tiger hits a fantastic shot to about 15 feet behind the hole for a great look at eagle. He misses the eagle, but picks up a tap-in birdie.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (4 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Jim Furyk just notched his first bogey of the day, dropping a shot at No. 13 to fall back to 7 under, two shots ahead of Robert Garrigus and Matt Kuchar. Dustin Johnson and Bubba Watson are steadily climbing. Both have moved to 3 under after recent birdies. Johnson made birdie at No. 14 while Watson's came at No. 13. Rory McIlroy joins them at 3 under with an eagle at No. 15. Also, Luke Donald just birdied to move to 1 under. He has one hole left and is 2 under on the day.

• • •

No. 8, par 4, 405 yards

From our Bradley S. Klein on No. 8: This is the only one of East Lake’s holes that is not set at a rigid right angle to the holes immediately in front of or behind it. There’s no need for a driver here. All that counts is getting the tee shot safely into play on an unusually contoured fairway — the rolling terrain is a remnant of Civil War-era entrenchments.

Off the tee: Tiger goes left again, putting it in the rough just on the downslope to the right of a fairway bunker.

Rest of the hole: Tiger has an incredibly awkward stance and just has to take a whack at it, and sends it well right of the green. He'll have a long pitch shot for his third. Out of the long, sticky rough, Tiger barely gets the ball to the green and has about 90 feet to the hole for par. It takes three shots to get in the hole for Tiger and he picks up a double-bogey. Been an up-and-down front nine for Tiger.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over (3 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Robert Garrigus has quietly worked his way to 5 under after making a 23 footer for birdie at No. 10. He has three birdies on the day and eight for the tournament. A triple at No. 6 on Thursday is his only score worse than par.

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No. 7, par 4, 434 yards

From our Bradley S. Klein on No. 7: This uphill hole twists around a strategic bunker on the (ideal) right side, 280 yards to reach and 300 yards to fly. The safer, right side of the fairway is cut off early, which means that bail-out drives often end up in dense rough. (See Brad's hole-by-hole breakdown here)

Off the tee: Tiger tries to take his tee ball up the left side, but finds a fairway bunker for the second time on the day.

Rest of the hole: Another fantastic bunker shot here, landing it under the hole and he'll have about 12 feet for birdie. And he buries the putt, and he is in red numbers for the day.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under (5 under for tournament)

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No. 6, par 3, 209 yards

From our Bradley S. Klein on No. 6: The table-top green is encircled by the club’s massive lake and offers one very busy bunker on the left.

Off the tee: With 6-iron in hand, Tiger hits a nice tee ball, just getting it over the water and it squirms onto the green and he'll have an uphill putt for birdie.

Rest of the hole: From just under 18 feet, Tiger burns the edge, but another two-putt par. He is now four shots back of the on-fire Jim Furyk.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (4 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Jim Furyk just notched his seventh birdie of the day, starting the back nine off with a birdie at No. 10, where he stuck his approach shot to 6 feet and made the putt. Furyk is at 8 under – 7 under on the round – and is two shots clear of Georgia Tech alum Matt Kuchar, who is keeping pace with three birdies, including one at the par-4 seventh. Meanwhile, Rickie Fowler bogeyed Nos. 8 and 10 to drop to 2 over for the tournament, but he's since turn it around with three straight birdies on Nos. 11-13. He made a 30-footer for birdie at the par-3 11th, stuck his approach to 5 feet and made the birdie putt on No. 12, and then sank a 7-footer on No. 13. He's a 2 under for the round and 1 under for the tournament. Also, Carl Pettersson is 4 under on the day to move to 3 under.

• • •

No. 5, par 4, 520 yards

From our Bradley S. Klein on No. 5: Here’s a members’ par-5 routed at the far end of the golf course that offers a modest reverse-camber effect and tips from high-right to low-left while bending up toward the right. (See Brad's hole-by-hole breakdown here)

Off the tee: Tiger hammers a driver that finds the middle of the fairway, even getting some roll off a slight hill in the middle. Nice drive.

Rest of the hole: From a bit less than 200 yards, Tiger hits a nice shot into the green and will have a 25-footer for birdie. A two-putt though and Tiger picks up par at the course's toughest hole.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (4 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Jim Furyk just closed out a 6-under 29 on the front nine after a birdie at the par-5 ninth hole. Furyk stuck his third shot to about a foot, something he's done on several holes today, and tapped in his sixth birdie of the round. He's at 7 under, two shots clear of Matt Kuchar and Bo Van Pelt.

• • •

No. 4, par 4, 440 yards

From our Bradley S. Klein on No. 4: This is another hole that favors the left side of the fairway, thanks to a pair of fairway bunkers along the high side right and a dense stand of trees.

Off the tee: Takes driver for the first time and hits another fairway. Immediately likes it.

Rest of the hole: Tiger safely puts his approach on the green, leaving himself about 18 feet to the right of the dangerous back-left pin location. Tiger plays a bit too much break with his birdie attempt and settles for a par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (4 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Jim Furyk's streak of 3s ends at the 8th hole, as he picks up a par to stay at 6 under. Bo Van Pelt has birdied his last two holes to move to 5 under, one shot back. Van Pelt's birdies came at No. 3 – he stuck his approach to a foot and made the birdie putt – and No. 4 – he sank a 30 footer for birdie.

• • •

No. 3, par 4, 387 yards

From our Bradley S. Klein on No. 3: Dense trees and out-of-bounds loom on the length of the right side. The smart play here off tee is a long iron or fairway wood past the first bunker on the left and short of a second bunker 300 yards out. (See Brad's hole-by-hole breakdown here)

Off the tee: Tiger yanks his tee ball into a fairway bunker on the left, setting up more than 150 yards into the green. He doesn't look as comfortable today, definitely grinding.

Rest of the hole: Tiger hits an incredible shot and gets it to about 6 feet to the right of the hole. Had an impossible lie in the bunker, but managed to muscle it to the green. And he converts for his first birdie of the day, and is two back of Jim Furyk.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (4 under for tournament)

• • •

No. 2, par 3, 214 yards

From our Bradley S. Klein on No. 2: A perfect medium-length par-3, slightly uphill, across an inconsequential front pond, to a modestly sloped green reminiscent in its bunkering of the 11th at St. Andrews – a deep bunker front right and another deep hazard flanking the left side.

Off the tee: Tiger plays a beautiful 8-iron into the green, hitting the green hole-high and running to about 10 feet past the hole.

Rest of the hole: Tiger doesn't hit his birdie attempt firm enough and settles for a two-putt par. Flips his club, he thought he had that one. Rose also pars.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over (3 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Jim Furyk is continuing to play well from the fairway, sticking another approach shot close. Furyk was about 170 yards out at No. 7 before putting his second shot to within a foot. He easily made the birdie putt to move to 6 under and take sole possession of the lead.

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No. 1, par 4, 424 yards

Tiger is donning a pink shirt and white hat today. He'll be easy to pick out, a bold shirt choice for Friday. Our Bradley S. Klein on No. 1: Straightaway, uncomplicated, to a fairway set perpendicular to the contour line. The hole is organized around four natural high points – tee, green and two intermediate rolls in the fairway, with most drives coming to rest beyond the second rise in a swale.

Off the tee: Fairway wood here and he just blasts a low bullet up the right side of the fairway. Even a little tongue out after that tee shot, he liked it immediately.

Rest of the hole: From around 115 yards out, Tiger hits a poor shot into the green, pushing it a bit right and into a greenside bunker. Tiger's bunker shot stops about 7 feet short of the hole, landing a bit softer than he thought it would. He misses the par putt and settles for an opening bogey. A less-than-ideal start. Rose picks up par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over (3 under for tournament)

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Update #3: 2:02 p.m. EDT

Jim Furyk has taken the outright lead with a birdie at No. 5, which has played as the toughest hole on the course. Furyk has four birdies in his opening five holes to mote to 5 under.

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Update #2: 2 p.m. EDT

Matt Kuchar has joined the party at 4 under, picking up a birdie at No. 1 to tie Woods, Rose and Jim Furyk.

Rory McIlroy makes his first birdie of the day at No. 6 to get to 2 under.

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Update #1: 1:55 p.m. EDT

Jim Furyk is off to a good start with three birdies in his first four holes. He made a 13-foot putt for birdie at No. 1 and then stuck approaches on Nos. 3 and 4 to 4 feet before making birdie putts. He has grabbed a share of the lead at 4 under.

• • •

Rude: Woods' play quiets intimidation talk

Tiger Woods fired a 4-under 66 on Thursday at East Lake to put to rest any notion that he's intimidated by Rory McIlroy. Story.

• • •

Westwood has eight bogeys, six birdies in 2-over 72

Lee Westwood, the fourth-ranked player in the world, had a scorecard in the Tour Championship first round that resembled a volatile day on Wall Street: eight bogeys, six birdies and four pars. Story.

• • •

Last player into the field, Piercy starts strong with 67

After an opening 67, Scott Piercy still knows that the FedEx Cup title is not likely in his future, but the last player to make the field at the Tour Championship is still making the most of getting to East Lake. Story.

• • •

Notebook: Adam Scott recovers to shoot 68

Notebook: Adam Scott recovers from a water ball early in his round to card a 2-under 68, while Ernie Els' caddie heads back to London with blood clots in his legs. Story.

• • •

PRE-TOURNAMENT COVERAGE

Complete breakdown of 30 to advance to Tour Championship

Here's a closer look at the 30 players that have advanced to the Tour Championship at East Lake in two weeks. Story.

• • •

A look at the Tour Championship: Player power rankings

Our Sean Martin crunched the numbers and came out with some interesting power rankings as the 30 finalists head to East Lake this week in search of the FedEx Cup crown. Story.

• • •

FedEx Cup: A look at the scenarios for each player to win title

Just how would Scott Piercy win the FedEx Cup title as the 30th seed? The breakdown of all 30 players and what they need to have happen to win the FedEx Cup title Sunday at East Lake. Story.

• • •

Tour Championship: First-round tee times at East Lake

The first-round tee times for the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club. Tee times.

• • •

FedEx Cup: Our predictions to win the $10 million prize

Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods can win the FedEx Cup - and $10 million - with a victory at the Tour Championship. Each was picked by at least one of our panelists. Predictions.

• • •

Tour Championship: Klein takes you hole-by-hole at East Lake

Our Bradley S. Klein takes you hole-by-hole at East Lake, the site of this week's Tour Championship for the 12th time and FedEx Cup finisher since 2007. Story.

• • •

Rory McIlroy dismisses talk that he intimidates Tiger Woods

On the eve of the Tour Championship, Rory McIlroy quickly dismissed the notion that he is intimidating to Tiger Woods. Still, the two make up a good head-to-head match. Story.

• • •

Rude: With Couples in Hall of Fame, look for membership to grow

It was announced today that Fred Couples will be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. Jeff Rude presents a Q&A. Story.

• • •

Little time left for Tour players to find top-50 spot in World Rankings

On the eve of the Tour Championship, the most intriguing storylines are about those players closest to the No. 50 spot in the Official World Golf Ranking. Story.

• • •

Babineau: Hall takes it easy with latest honoree

The World Golf Hall of Fame just got a little more laid-back with the addition of Fred Couples. Story.

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