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Tiger Woods during the first round of the 2013 Tour Championship, the final FedEx Cup playoffs event, at East Lake in Atlanta.

Tiger Woods during the first round of the 2013 Tour Championship, the final FedEx Cup playoffs event, at East Lake in Atlanta.

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The stage is set for golf's biggest stars to chase $10 million this weekend in Atlanta.

The Tour Championship features the likes of Tiger Woods, Adam Scott, Matt Kuchar, Hunter Mahan and Phil Mickelson looking to win the FedEx Cup title, while Brandt Snedeker is looking for a repeat.

Henrik Stenson – who already won the Deutsche Bank Championship during this Cup – stole the early spotlight with a 64 for a one-shot lead over Scott.

• Read Bradley S. Klein's hole-by-hole review of East Lake.

We'll keep you up-to-date on the latest from East Lake all afternoon – and scroll down for a look at our tournament coverage to date:

• • •

No. 18: Par 3, 235 yards

If he doesn't card a 2 here, Tiger Woods would sign for his first birdie-free round since the 2013 U.S. Open.

Off the tee: This one is left and long – on the green, but making birdie most unlikely.

On the green: A fine putt here by Tiger, but it won't get him a birdie. He taps in for par

TIGER FOR THE DAY: 3-over 73; nine shots off the lead.

Elsewhere on the course: Leader Henrik Stenson has the right line and the right club at 18 – and hits it inside 5 feet. The putt is good for a 64 and a one-shot lead at 6 under.

• • •

No. 17: Par 4, 453 yards

Big missed chance there for Tiger Woods, who needs something to generate momentum.

Off the tee: Tiger misses right here and ends up in the rough, with the ball sitting up in what seems to be a favorable lie.

On the approach: A solid shot here is just right of the flag and rolls past, stopping inside 10 feet.

On the green: Still chasing that first birdie, Tiger misses this one about a ball-width left and taps in for mar.

TIGER FOR THE DAY: 3 over; eight shots off the lead.

Elsewhere on the course: Co-leader Adam Scott misses about a 15-footer for birdie at the 16th and remains 5 under alongside Henrik Stenson. At the par-3 18th, Scott again hits it to about 15 feet for a birdie look; in the shadows, he just misses on the low side and taps in to wrap up a 5-under 65.

• • •

No. 16: Par 4, 481 yards

Tiger Woods' tee-to-green game has been worse midway through his round than it was at the start, while his putter has been just off the mark much of the day.

Off the tee: Fairway here, and looking like he's nearly a member of the old 350 Club.

From the fairway: Badly needing to turn this into a birdie, Tiger stops this one just short and right of the pin, maybe 10 feet for a birdie try.

Around the green: Can't buy one. Tiger has good speed and a good line here, but again slides it over the high edge of the cup.

TIGER FOR THE DAY: 3 over; eight shots off the lead.

Elsewhere on the course: Adam Scott has made six birdies in his last seven holes – twice birdieing three in a row after carding a 3 at the par-4 16th. That pulls Scott back within a shot of the lead at 5 under, alone in second. Leader Henrik Stenson then bogeys No. 16 to fall to 5 under.

• • •

No. 15: Par 5, 525 yards

Historically, if anything can cure Tiger Woods' struggles, it's a par 5. We'll see if he can get aggressive and earn his first birdie (or eagle) today.

Off the tee: Fairway wood in his hands, Tiger likes it right away and it rolls down the fairway.

On the approach: Solid iron shot comes up short and leaves Tiger working somewhat short-sided on his eagle try.

• Around the green: Tiger hits it high with backspin and the ball settles to rest about 5 feet behind the pin. His birdie putt slides by over the high edge of the hole.

TIGER FOR THE DAY: 3 over; nine shots off the lead.

Elsewhere on the course: Leader Henrik Stenson gets up and down for birdie at No. 15 to stretch his lead to two shots.

Billy Horschel finishes with four straight pars to assume leader-in-the-clubhouse honors with a 66 that has him alone in second at 4 under, one back of leader Henrik Stenson. Adam Scott later pulls alongside Horschel with a two-putt birdie at No. 15. Steve Stricker does the same with a birdie at No. 16.

• • •

No. 14: Par 4, 442 yards

Another hole like that scrambling par, and it will be time to say that Tiger Woods is struggling today.

Off the tee: Tiger is long but in the rough this time and faces a challenge on his second shot to a tight, two-tiered green.

On the approach: Unable to spin the ball enough, Tiger lands it near the pin but runs it off the back.

Around the green: Not a great chip here, as it trails off to the right well short of the hole and leaves about 5 feet or so for par; that putt trickles past outside the high edge of the cup and curls behind the hole.

TIGER FOR THE DAY: 3 over; eight shots off the lead.

Elsewhere on the course: Graham DeLaet bogeys No. 14 but birdies No. 15 to get right back to T-2 and 4 under alongside Billy Horschel. Justin Rose moves to 3 under with a birdie at No. 15, followed by a par. Adam Scott birdies No. 14 for his fourth in five holes and moves to T-4 at 3 under.

• • •

No. 13: Par 4, 453 yards

It's tough to describe Tiger's round today, other than he hasn't shown much to be excited about yet hasn't embarrassed himself either.

Off the tee: Another missed fairway for Tiger as he finds the bunker and is left with about 150 yards into the green from there.

• On the approach: Without a direct approach, Tiger settles for leaving it well short of the green in the left rough with his second shot. From there, he hits it high over a greenside bunker and inside 10 feet behind the pin.

• On the green: Clutch putt for Tiger there saves par, on possibly his sloppiest hole of the day.

TIGER FOR THE DAY: 2 over; seven shots off the lead.

Elsewhere on the course: Back-to-back birdies lift Jason Day to 3 under, T-4 and two back of leader Henrik Stenson. At the other end of the leaderboard, Jason Dufner finishes bogey-par for a 4-over 74 that puts him last in the field.

• • •

No. 12: Par 4, 476 yards

Tiger Woods hasn't shown poor form overall, but certainly isn't scoring like the World No. 1 either. It might not take much to turn his game around in a hurry – if he can manage to generate a spark.

Off the tee: Another fairway for Tiger here, as his tee ball rarely has posed a problem he couldn't handle.

• From the fairway: Front bunker, as Tiger's approach comes up unusually short from about 125 out; he should have enough green to work with.

• Around the green: Easy wedge to about a foot will likely give Tiger a sand-save par here.

TIGER FOR THE DAY: 2 over; seven shots off the lead.

Elsewhere on the course: Roberto Castro's 67 gives him the clubhouse lead at 3 under; he's fourth, two back of leader Henrik Stenson and one back of Graham DeLaet and Billy Horschel.

• • •

Hole No. 11: Par 3, 197 yards

Only one player is worse than Tiger Woods so far today: Jason Dufner, who at 3 over through 16 holes has a double bogey and four bogeys, but also three birdies to keep things respectable.

• Off the tee: One of his better approach shots today, Tiger hits it pin high and about 15-20 feet right for another crack at his first birdie today.

• On the green: From about 15 feet or more, Tiger is short again, this one finishing low and left of the hole; he has a tap-in for par

TIGER FOR THE DAY: 2 over; seven shots back of the lead.

• Elsewhere on the course: Aside from leader Henrik Stenson and points leader Tiger Woods, three other players have a chance to win the FedEx Cup with a win this week, regardless of what the rest of the field does:

  • Adam Scott: 1 under through 11
  • Zach Johnson: 1 under through 11
  • Matt Kuchar: 1 under through 12

• • •

Hole No. 10: Par 4, 469 yards

Clearly at 1 over, that's not the opening front nine Tiger Woods was looking for – especially with Henrik Stenson, second in points, at 5 under.

Off the tee: Tiger misses quite a bit to the right here, near a fence.

• On the approach: Taking a drop and punching to just in front of the green, Tiger needs an up-and-down over a bunker to save par.

• Around the green: A decent flop shot still gives Tiger about a 25-foot putt for par; he gets it to about a putter head from the cup and taps in for bogey.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 over; seven shots off the lead.

Elsewhere on the course: Leader Henrik Stenson also is left scrambling at No. 10, making a par putt to remain 5 under and a shot ahead of Graham DeLaet and Billy Horschel. Phil Mickelson is 1 over; the lefty has bogeyed Nos. 4-5 and birdied No. 7.

• • •

Hole No. 9: Par 5, 600 yards

Coming to his first par 5 of the day, Tiger Woods needs to gain some ground. Expect an aggressive play even at a hole this long.

• Off the tee: Long off the tee, Tiger finds the fairway and will have a chance to reach the green in two.

• From the fairway: Iron in his hand, Tiger makes a good pass at this one and finds the middle of the green – with the pin at the front left, he'll have a long eagle try.

On the green: Tiger's first putt finishes low and left, leaving him with a short birdie try – which also misses left before he taps in for par.

TIGER FOR THE DAY: 1 over; six back of lead.

Elsewhere on the course: Graham DeLaet and Webb Simpson birdie to move to 3 under, two back of leader Henrik Stenson and T-3 alongside Roberto Castro; Billy Horschel is in second at 4 under.

• • •

Hole No. 8: Par 4, 405 yards

There's plenty of golf left, so little sense of urgency from Tiger Woods despite trailing the lead by six before even getting to the turn.

Off the tee: Fairway wood for Tiger finds the left-side mound and bounces forward into the middle.

• From the fairway: Flying it over the pin, Tiger lands it at the back of the pin and spins it a little closer for another moderate look at birdie.

On the green: Missing long and left, Tiger leaves himself a 4-footer for par that he makes in dead-center fashion.

TIGER FOR THE DAY: 1 over; six back of lead.

Elsewhere on the course: Roberto Castro, who played collegiately at nearby Georgia Tech, birdies No. 15 to move to 3 under.

• • •

Hole No. 7: Par 4, 434 yards

Henrik Stenson's birdie binge isn't rubbing off on Tiger Woods. We'll see if Woods can gain on the leader here.

• Off the tee: Tiger gets his tee ball back on track, finding the fairway about where the 150 stake would be, on the left side.

• From the fairway: With the pin in the middle, Tiger finds the left side of the green for a makeable birdie putt.

On the green: This one might have had the line, but stops about 2 feet short.

TIGER FOR THE DAY: 1 over; six back of lead.

Elsewhere on the course: Billy Horschel birdies No. 14 to pull even again with Henrik Stenson at 4 under, tied for the lead. Stenson birdies again at No. 7 to reclaim the lead alone again at 5 under.

• • •

Hole No. 6: Par 3, 209 yards

Tiger falls off the lead pace with that bogey after missing the fairway, but there's only a green to be hit here.

Off the tee: Again, Tiger finds the left side of the green with the pin set to the right.

On the green: Tiger gets it close enough with his long first putt and makes par again.

TIGER FOR THE DAY: 1 over; 5 back of lead.

• Elsewhere on the course: Co-leaders Billy Horschel and Henrik Stenson birdie Nos. 13 and 5 to move to 3 under. Dustin Johnson closes with three straight pars for a 68, the low man in the clubhouse at 2 under. Stenson, who won the Deutsche Bank Championship, makes birdie at No. 5 – his third straight – to pull a shot ahead of Horschel at 4 under.

• • •

Hole No. 5: Par 4, 520 yards

Let's see if Tiger's length gives him an advantage here.

• Off the tee: Driver in his hand, Tiger is wide right here but his ball seems to sit up in the rough.

• On the approach: Tiger finds the greenside bunker here, not bad after the errant tee shot on a long hole.

• Around the green: Tiger flops it from the sand to about 12 feet; his par effort misses left and he'll tap in for bogey.

TIGER FOR THE DAY: 1 over; three back of lead

• Elsewhere on the course: Henrik Stenson birdies No. 4 to join the co-leaders at 2 under.

• • •

Hole No. 4: Par 4, 440 yards

Tiger Woods' game has been reliable today, just needing to get some putts to fall if he is to move up.

Off the tee: Tiger favors the right side and finds the first cut of rough.

• On the approach: Again left of a right-side pin, Tiger hits it pin high and will have more than 20 feet for birdie here.

On the green: Basically lagging it close with his first putt, Tiger taps in and records another par.

TIGER FOR THE DAY: Even par; two back of the lead.

Elsewhere on the course: Billy Horschel birdies No. 11 to join the co-leaders at 2 under, creating a six-way tie atop the leaderboard.

• • •

Hole No. 3: Par 4, 387 yards

With the lead pace at 2 under most of the day, Tiger Woods isn't exactly losing ground with pars.

Off the tee: Another fairway without issue here for Tiger, center or a little right.

• From the fairway: Past the pin again, and off the back edge this time, but leaving himself plenty of green to work with.

Around the green: Nice touch on the chip and it stops a little more than a foot past the hole and left; he raps in the comebacker.

TIGER FOR THE DAY: Even par; two back of the lead.

Elsewhere on the course: Dustin Johnson, Matt Kuchar and Jordan Spieth birdie to create a four-way tie for the lead at 2 under, with Roberto Castro already on that mark. Webb Simpson also birdies to get back to 2 under.

• • •

Hole No. 2: Par 3, 214 yards

Tiger Woods showed his disappointment after missing out on birdie at the first. Let's see how he answers here.

Off the tee: Finding the left-center of the green, Tiger doesn't mess with the bunker-guarded front-right pin.

On the green: The putt gets the gallery interested but it's another two-putt par for Tiger.

TIGER FOR THE DAY: Even par; two back of the lead.

Elsewhere on the course: Bogeys by Brendon de Jonge and Sergio Garcia drop them into a group of 11 players at 1 under, while Robert Castro birdies Nos. 9-10 to move to 2 under and take the lead.

• • • 

Hole No. 1: Par 4, 424 yards

Tiger Woods' pursuit of his third FedEx Cup championship begins.

• Off the tee: With a fairway wood, Tiger doesn't need to watch for very long to know he's found the first fairway.

• From the fairway: Just lacking a little spin, Tiger's approach is nearly perfect and rolls out about 5 feet past or a little more. It'll be a solid look at birdie.

• On the green: Nope. Tiger pulls this one left and taps in the comebacker for par.

TIGER FOR THE DAY: Even par; two back of the lead.

Elsewhere on the course: Luke Donald's back-and-forth day continues with a bogey at No. 12 dropping him back to even par. After a bogey at the first, Jordan Spieth birdies Nos. 3 and 5 to move to 1 under.

• • •

Update No. 9: 2:02 p.m.

Steve Stricker opens with a birdie to join four others T-3 at 1 under: Jason Day, Justin Rose, Nick Watney and Boo Weekley.

A double bogey at No. 7 drops Webb Simpson to even par.

• • •

Update No. 8: 1:51 p.m.

Sergio Garcia birdies Nos. 8-9 to join the early lead at 2 under alongside Brendon de Jonge and Webb Simpson. Garcia started the week 25th in points.

Luke Donald has bounced back from a bogey at No. 5 with birdies at Nos. 9 and 11 to rise to 1 under. Donald started the week 29th in points.

Charl Schwartzel bogeys again at No. 8 and drops back to even par.

• • •

Update No. 7: 1:42 p.m.

Phil Mickelson starts his day fairway-green and leaves a long birdie putt well short, then sinks his putt to start with par.

A bogey at No. 7 drops Charl Schwartzel back to 1 under, one back of early co-leaders Brendon de Jonge and Webb Simpson.

• • •

Update No. 6: 1:31 p.m.

Jason Dufner fails to capitalize on the birdie that started his round, making double bogey at No. 3 and bogey at No. 5 to slip to 2 over during the early going.

• • •

Update No. 5: 1:25 p.m.

Brendon de Jonge birdies Nos. 7-8 to get to 2 under, tied with Charl Schwartzel and Webb Simpson. de Jonge, a South African who played at Virginia Tech, started the week 27th in points.

• • •

Update No. 4: 1:14 p.m.

Jason Day birdies No. 1 to rise to T-3 at 1 under alongside four others on that mark and one back of early leaders Charl Schwartzel and Webb Simpson.

• • •

Update No. 3: 1:01 p.m.

With about an hour until Tiger Woods' tee times, Keegan Bradley and Hunter Mahan get their rounds underway – and half the field is officially on the course. Don't expect any weather delays today, by the way: There's a 2 percent chance of rain and light wind, according to accuweather.com, so let 'em play.

• • •

Update No. 2: 12:52 p.m.

East Lake shows its mettle at D.A. Points' expense, as he bogeys Nos. 1 and 5 to get to 2 over early. Points started the week 28th in the FedEx Cup standings.

• • •

Update No. 1: 12:44 p.m.

Webb Simpson birdies his first two holes and Charl Schwartzel birdies Nos. 2-3 to get to 2 under in a hurry. Simpson started the tournament 21st in points, Schwartzel 23rd.

• • •

Pre-tournament coverage

Tour Championship: East Lake, hole-by-hole preview

Each year as home to the FedEx Cup finals, East Lake has been the scene of a dramatic outcome. That’s attributable in part to the enduring challenge posed by Bobby Jones' home course of old in Atlanta.

Plenty on the line for Woods at East Lake

Tiger Woods enters the Tour Championship atop the FedEx Cup standings, but he must play well at East Lake to secure the FEC title, as well as potential yearly awards.

Wherever Scott goes, so goes Masters green jacket

In case you were wondering, Adam Scott brought his Masters green jacket with him to Atlanta for this week’s Tour Championship. “It comes pretty much everywhere,” he said. “I wear it in my hotel room all the time just by myself.”

Furyk, Scott, Woods, Stricker pace Tour Championship picks

From Jim Furyk to Adam Scott to Tiger Woods to Steve Stricker, our panel of experts weighs in one last time for the 2013 season with predictions for the Tour Championship.

Fan phone-ins take center stage in Finchem's talk

Tim Finchem has been the commissioner of the PGA Tour since 1994, but rarely during his tenure has he had as few things to address as he did on Tuesday.

Jacobsen and Stewart: Offbeat yet always on key

When Peter Jacobsen was named the recipient of the 2013 Payne Stewart Award on Tuesday at the Tour Championship in Atlanta, the only question was, What took so long?

• Complete tee times, pairings and top groups for first round at East Lake

See the top groups Thursday as well as complete tee times and pairings for the first round of the Tour Championship at East Lake in Atlanta.

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