Costly hole gives Jason a tough Day at the office

John Amisap

A TRIPLE-bogey seven on the par-four fifth hole at East Lake proved costly for Jason Day (pictured) as the world No.1 finished six shots off the lead after the opening round of the Tour Championship.

Swede Henrik Stenson led the way at seven-under, two clear of Englishman Paul Casey. Former world No.1 Rory McIlroy and 2015 British Open winner Zach Johnson were a shot further back on four-under.

The tournament is the final of the FedEx Cup series, and Stenson would finish as the leading points scorer and pocket the $A14 million bonus if he went on to win.

Day, who opened with three birdies before hitting his drive out of bounds on the fifth, would still take out the FedEx Cup if someone outside the top five on the points table at the start of the tournament won, and he had a top-five finish.

Fellow Aussie Steven Bowditch was in a six-way tie for fifth at two-under after the opening round.

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