Matt Fitzpatrick finishes the first round six shots behind the world number one

England’s Matt Fitzpatrick finished the first round of the season-ending Tour Championship six shots down on world number one Scottie Scheffler, 15 shots clear in East Lake, Atlanta.

The Brit, who won his first major at the 2022 US Open, started with three under and shot an impressive six under par 64 to end the day in third place.

Rory McIlroy, on the other hand, lost four strokes on his first two holes but recovered to finish the day seven under.

Scheffler capitalized on his 10-under start, awarded for his accumulated points on the PGA Tour, and was at the top of the standings when round one began Thursday.

Players begin the Georgia event with their shooting advantages determined by their place in the FedEx Cup standings.

McIlroy started the day with four shots and, after immediately giving up his advantage, got back on track thanks to five birdies on his last seven holes.

American Xander Schauffele’s 66 put him in second place with 10 under, while Chilean Joaquin Niemann’s 64 put him at 8 under. The latter was joined by the second-highest points earner, defending champion Patrick Cantlay of the USA, thanks to a final eagle for a 70.

British Open champion Cameron Smith, playing for the first time since the opening tournament of the FedEx Cup playoffs due to a hip injury, still managed a 67 to join McIlroy, eight strokes behind.

https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/golf/rory-mcilroy-tour-championship-matt-fitzpatrick-cameron-smith-patrick-cantlay-b2153059.html Matt Fitzpatrick finishes the first round six shots behind the world number one

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