|-13: D Johnson, J Rahm (Spa) -11: J Thomas -9: R McIlroy (NI) -seven: A Ancer (Mex)|
Rory McIlroy birdied his closing a few holes to keep in contention for a $15m (£11.3m) winner’s prize at the season-ending Tour Championship.
The 31-yr-aged shot a 6-beneath-par round to access nine under overall at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta.
Gamers at the occasion are handicapped based on FedEx Cup details earned all through the year, so McIlroy began seven photographs powering prime-ranked Dustin Johnson.
Johnson carded a spherical of three underneath and shares the direct with Jon Rahm.
Johnson and Rahm – environment range 1 and two respectively – traded back and forth blows during to arrive at 13 beneath over-all.
Rahm holed a big putt on 15 to tie amount with Johnson but the American drained a prolonged putt of his individual to regain the lead with his rival watching on.
Moments later on the 16th, Rahm moved to 5 under for his round with a further birdie, which eventually ensured they will get started day two with a share of the guide.
McIlroy – who became a father for the initial time previously in the week – clawed back pictures in the handicap procedure to earn the Tour Championship in 2019.
This calendar year he stuttered early on with three birdies and two dropped photographs in his opening nine holes before finding 5 birdies on the again nine.
McIlroy also received the party in 2016 and a win this 7 days would move him stage with Tiger Woods’ report of three victories at the Tour Championship.
How the Tour Championship functions
Players amass FedEx Cup points for the duration of the time and the major 30 in the rankings contend the Tour Championship.
The leading-rated player commences the 72-hole match on 10 under par, while the next seed begins on 8 below.
The third seed tees off at seven beneath and so on down to the fifth seed at five below. Seeds six-10 start at −4 seeds 11-15 will get started at −3 and so on, down to seeds 26-30 who will start off at even par.