Three golfers are tied heading into the second round of the Tour Championship at East Lake in Atlanta.
Justin Thomas, Brooks Koepka and Xander Schauffele stand at 10-under after 18 holes. Each took different paths to get there. Schauffele shot a 6-under, bogey-free 64 Thursday. Koepka posted a 67. Thomas shot an even-par 70.
The golfers entered the day with different scores thanks to the new scoring system being used in the final PGA Tour and FedEx Cup Playoff event of the 2018-19 season. It’s a format that seems to be well received so far.
There are 10 players who stand within four shots of the lead, including Rory McIlroy (-9), Matt Kuchar (-8) and Patrick Cantlay (-8).
The winner of the Tour Championship earns $15 million and the 2019 FedEx Cup as season champion. The runner-up gets $5 million. Not too shabby. But one shot could equal a $10 million loss or gain.
The $45 million up for grabs this weekend in Atlanta is FedEx Cup bonus money and does not count toward a player’s official PGA Tour season earnings. The first-place prize and overall purse are the largest single-event payouts in PGA Tour history.
With only 30 golfers in the field, the tee times are compressed to accommodate the scheduled programming on Golf Channel.
Tour Championship Round 2 Tee Times
All times are Eastern
1st Tee – Friday
|12 p.m.||Lucas Glover, Brandt Snedeker|
|12:10 p.m.||Webb Simpson, Jason Kokrak|
|12:20 p.m.||Marc Leishman, Dustin Johnson|
|12:30 p.m.||Louis Oosthuizen, Chez Reavie|
|12:40 p.m.||Rickie Fowler, Kevin Kisner|
|12:50 p.m.||Tommy Fleetwood, Abraham Ancer|
|1 p.m.||Charles Howell III, Bryson DeChambeau|
|1:10 p.m.||Corey Conners, Tony Finau|
|1:20 p.m.||Sungjae Im, Justin Rose|
|1:30 p.m.||Adam Scott, Gary Woodland|
|1:40 p.m.||Jon Rahm, Patrick Reed|
|1:50 p.m.||Hideki Matsuyama, Paul Casey|
|2 p.m.||Matt Kuchar, Patrick Cantlay|
|2:10 p.m.||Justin Thomas, Rory McIlroy|
|2:05 p.m.||Xander Schauffele, Brooks Koepka|
Tour Championship TV/Streaming Schedule
Golf Channel: 1 – 6 p.m.
PGA Tour Live: 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. (Featured Groups)
PGA Tour Radio: 12 – 6 p.m. (XM 92/Sirius 208)
Golf Channel: 1 – 2 :30 p.m.
NBC: 2:30 – 7 p.m.
PGA Tour Radio: 2 – 7 p.m. (XM 92/Sirius 208)
Golf Channel: 12 – 1:30 p.m.
NBC: 1:30 – 6 p.m.
PGA Tour Radio: 1 – 6 p.m. (XM 92/Sirius 208)