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The Tour Championship 2012: Tiger Woods And Justin Rose Tied Atop Leaderboard

Tiger Woods and Justin Rose are atop the leaderboard after Round 1 of the 2012 Tour Championship at East Lake Country Club in Atlanta, Ga. Rory McIlroy, who has dominated the FedEx Cup Playoffs thus far, is tied for 12th at 1-under.

Playing well early in tournaments is nothing new for Woods, who overcame two bogeys by racking up six birdies in a balanced round of golf. Meanwhile, Rose finished strong, as he birdied three out of the last five holes to make his way to the top of the leaderboard. Both golfers finished the round at 4-under.

McIlroy struggled out of the gate, as he bogeyed the opening hole. He made up for it with a birdie two holes later, but more-or-less stayed under the radar from that point forward, barely being able to stay below par.

Cleveland native Jason Dufner struggled through the first six holes, as he posted three bogeys during that stretch. However, he recovered to birdie on the eighth, ninth and 12th pins, moving him back to even-par. Dufner is tied for 19th place heading into Day 2.

For a live leaderboard, visit Golf.com.

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Photographs by spatulated, Triple Tri, and chrischappelear used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.