september 20, 2012 • 05:59 PM • last update 06:21 PM

Woods makes early statement in Tour Championship

Rory McIlroy, left, of Northern Ireland, and Tiger Woods shake hands on the 18th green after completing the first round of the Tour Championship golf tournament, Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012, in Atlanta. Woods finished 4-under 66 to earn him a share of the lead.
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Tiger Woods sure didn't look intimidated Thursday in the Tour Championship.

Woods kept the ball in play at East Lake and chipped in for one of his six birdies on his way to a 4-under 66 that gave him a share of the lead with Justin Rose. It was the first step toward what Woods hopes is another FedEx Cup title, and another $10 million bonus.

Rory McIlroy, playing with Woods for the fifth time in these playoffs, saved par on the last hole for a 69.

The week began with Greg Norman saying that Woods was intimidated by McIlroy, a suggestion that both players found amusing. While it's doubtful that inspired Woods, he played as if he wasn't ready to let McIlroy win a third straight playoff event.

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