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Britain's Rose shares East Lake lead with Woods

Published on Sep 21, 2012 7:19 AM
Justin Rose of England smiles after a birdie putt on the 18th hole during the first round of the Tour Championship golf tournament at the East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Georgia on Sept 20, 2012. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

ATLANTA (REUTERS) - Britain's Justin Rose sank a curling birdie putt from 52 feet at the par-three last to end Thursday's opening round of the elite Tour Championship in a tie for the lead with twice winner Tiger Woods.

Englishman Rose watched in amazement as his ball dropped into the cup after breaking sharply from left to right downhill to cap a four-under-par 66 at East Lake Golf Club.

He led the 30-man field for much of the day before Woods, playing in the final pairing with FedExCup points leader Rory McIlroy, caught him with two birdies in the last four holes.

Woods narrowly missed a birdie attempt from 11 feet on the 18th green, his ball sliding past the left edge, and had to settle for an opening 66 in the PGA Tour's fourth and final playoff event.

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