Sizzling six-under start for Sweden’s Stenson

Henrik Stenson fired a six-under 64 to grab the lead at the Tour Championship in an opening round in which world number one Tiger Woods finished a disappointing second to last.

Sizzling six-under start for Sweden's Stenson

Sweden’s Stenson, who played in the final group with Woods, birdied the last hole Thursday in a round that included seven birdies and one bogey at the East Lake Golf Club.

Stenson started quickly with five birdies in a six-hole stretch from the second to grab the lead in the final tournament of the PGA Tour’s playoff series.

His hot streak consisted of just two putts from outside five feet as he stuck the majority of his iron shots close to the pin.

“That stretch between one and seven I guess is as good as I’ve ever hit it in a round of golf,” said Stenson, who tied his career low nine-hole score with a 30.

Stenson, who won the Deutsche Bank Championship earlier this month, can capture the FedEx Cup if he can hang on to his lead for the rest of the tournament.

Stenson’s playing partner Woods was the only golfer not to post a birdie in the first round.

The American struggled to a three-over 73 which put him 29th out of 30 players. The only player to shoot a worse score was PGA Championship winner Jason Dufner, who had 74.

Australia’s Adam Scott is in sole possession of second place following his five-under 65, while Americans Steve Stricker and Billy Horschel share third at four-under 66.

Roberto Castro shot a 67 to sit alone in fifth.

Reigning FedEx Cup winner Brandt Snedeker had a one-under 69 and is in a tie for 14th place.

Horschel parred his final four holes to hold the clubhouse lead for a while.

“It all comes down to putting the ball in the fairway. I think if you’re in the rough it’s hard to judge whether it’s going to come out flying or it’s going to come out dead and you can’t control the spin,” said Horschel.

“I did a good job putting the ball in the fairway, which gave me an opportunity to attack the flag.”

Playing in the penultimate group ahead of Stenson, Scott stormed up the leaderboard with a sizzling back nine.

The Masters champion countered bogeys at the third and eighth with a birdie at the sixth to make the turn at one-over, then poured in six birdies over a seven-hole stretch from the 10th to grab a share of the lead.

“This is always a tricky course,” Scott said. “If you’re playing well, there’s a good chance to score and if you’re playing bad it’s really tough to score out there.”

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Tennis courts and golf courses to reopen in Denmark

Danes will be able to take up their tennis rackets and golf clubs again after the country's two biggest sports associations announced that outdoor sports with no physical contact can resume again.

Tennis courts and golf courses to reopen in Denmark
Tennis will be one of the first sports to restart. Photo: Søren Bidstrup/Ritzau Scanpix
The Sports Confederation of Denmark and the country's other sports association DGI announced that they had agreed new guidelines for restarting group sports with the Danish Health Authority, in a press release issued on Tuesday. 
“This is the first sign of sport opening up, and we are really pleased that the health authorities have given us guidelines so that some activities can start up again,” Charlotte Bach Thomassen, chair of the Danish sports association DGI, said. 
“Of course, joining together in sports clubs must be safe from a  health point of view, so it is important to be aware that in many sports associations you will not be able to meet physically.” 
DIF chairman Niels Nygaard told Ritzau that the announcement did not mean any organisation would be required to restart activities they did not regard as safe. 
“These are voluntary associations where there are differences from association to association and sport to sport,” he said. “Our recommendations are not a requirement for associations to start activities. They can do it if it can be done under safe conditions, and if they have doubts about whether it can be done, then they shouldn't do it.”
According to the joint press release, group sports can now restart if: 
  • they take place outside 
  • participants can keep a distance of two meters from others
  • participants pay special attention to hand hygiene
  • rackets, clubs or other props are frequently cleaned
  • participants cough or sneeze into your elbow or a paper towel
  • participants stay home if they have a fever, cough or muscle soreness. 
  • shared facilities such as clubhouses and dressing and shower facilities are not used