Goosen and Durant in the spotlight

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:37 IST

Retief Goosen overcame cool temperatures and swirling winds to shoot a 2-under 68 on Thursday.

Goosen and Durant in the spotlight
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Retief Goosen overcame cool temperatures and swirling winds to shoot a 2-under 68 on Thursday, earning a share of the lead with Joe Durant after one tough round at the Tour Championship. "You felt like you could have shot 7 under yesterday,'' Goosen said. "Today you just felt like you needed to hang in there, because you know that nobody is going to shoot 62.'' It was the highest score to lead the first round at East Lake since the Tour Championship came to this tree-lined course in 1998. Only eight players in the 27-man field managed to shoot par or better. Huge step Jim Furyk took a huge step toward winning the Vardon Trophy, recovering from a nasty patch in his back nine to birdie two of the last four holes for a 69, leaving him tied with 2002 winner Vijay Singh. "It was playable, but I also wasn't able to eliminate the mistakes,'' Furyk said. "The blustery conditions, the cool, windy weather, it made those bogey easy to find out there." "I didn't play probably as consistent as I would have liked to, but I made a bunch of birdies to cover up those mistakes and had a good day," he added. Singh had a chance to reach 3 under until missing a 6-foot birdie putt on the 16th - no one made birdie there in the first round - and three-putted from 40 feet to make bogey on the 17th. (AP)

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