Tiger shares Tour Championship lead, Day well placed

Tiger Woods has boosted his hopes of capping his comeback season with a victory after a vintage performance launched him into a share of the Tour Championship lead.

During the opening round of the final event of the US PGA Tour season, Woods sent fans wild when he reached the par-5 18th in two shots at East Lake Golf Club before draining a 27-foot (8.2 metre) eagle putt to post a five-under-par 65.

Joy: Tiger Woods felt in control throughout his round as he took a share of the lead.

Joy: Tiger Woods felt in control throughout his round as he took a share of the lead.

"Yeah, 18 was nice. I hammered that drive up the left side," Woods said. "I hit five wood into the green and I knew it was good so I started walking after it."

Woods sits atop the leaderboard in Atlanta at five-under alongside Rickie Fowler (65), while Gary Woodland (66) is third at four-under.

Jason Day leads the three-man Australian contingent and sits at two-under the card courtesy of a solid 68.

Woods, who owns two Tour Championship titles and the tournament's scoring record (257), opened his round with a bogey.

But the 42-year-old fought back with two front-nine birdies.

He then turned it up on the back nine, with birdies at the 12th and 14th holes setting the stage for his final-hole eagle.

"I hit so many quality shots all day, whether it was tee-to-green or putts," Woods said.

"I didn't really mis-hit a single shot and I felt I had a lot of control. The only hard part was getting my speed on the greens."

Since returning officially to the US Tour in January after having spinal fusion surgery last year, Woods' 17 events have yielded two runner-up finishes among six top 10s and 11 top 25s.

"A win would just enhance my year," Woods said.

Contention: Jason Day is the best-placed Australian in the 30-man field.

Contention: Jason Day is the best-placed Australian in the 30-man field.

"My objective this year was to win a golf tournament and I have given myself plenty of looks at doing it."

Queenslander Cameron Smith carded an even-par 70, while Marc Leishman is three-over after he signed for a 73.

The Tour Championship is a 30-man tournament and the final event of the FedEx Cup playoffs.

AAP

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