Jason Day plays his shot from the second tee during the first round of the TOUR Championship at East Lake Golf Club. Picture: Getty
Jason Day plays his shot from the second tee during the first round of the TOUR Championship at East Lake Golf Club. Picture: Getty

Day ‘under the radar’ as Tiger co-leads PGA Tour decider

JASON Day admits he is hungry to return to golf's spotlight after taking a back seat to a vintage Tiger Woods on day one at the Tour Championship.

Day went unnoticed during a solid two-under-par 68 at the US PGA Tour's season finale, which left the Australian three shots back of co-leaders Woods and Rickie Fowler (65) at five under.

Gary Woodland (66) is third at four under.

Woods sent the Atlanta crowds wild when he reached the par-five 18th in two shots at East Lake Golf Club before draining an 8.2m eagle putt.

"I heard the roar from the seventh tee," Day told AAP.

Day has entered the final event of the $US67 million FedEx Cup playoffs series with little fanfare due to a lacklustre past few months.

The former world No.1 kicked off his year with two early US Tour victories but has had just one top-10 result since May.

Although it affords the Queenslander less pressure as he attempts an unlikely shot at the $US10 million FedEx Cup title this week, it's not a position he enjoys.

"It's kind of nice to be able to fly under the radar but I don't want to. I'd much rather be in the spotlight," Day said.

Jason Day of Australia.
Jason Day of Australia.

Day's fellow Queenslander Cameron Smith carded an even-par 70. Marc Leishman is three over after signing for a 73.

Although eight shots off the pace, Leishman is confident of clawing his way back up the leaderboard during the next three rounds.

"I feel like I'm playing well, I just can't put it all together and it is frustrating," Leishman said.

"But I know good scores are right there. I won't be giving up on this tournament just yet because there is still plenty of FedEx points and money to play for."



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