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Stanley, Spieth open strong at East Lake

Jordan Spieth hits from the woods to the fifth green during the first round of the Tour Championship golf tournament at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

ATLANTA (AP) Kyle Stanley and Jordan Spieth got off to strong starts in the Tour Championship with entirely different goals in mind.

Stanley ran off four straight birdies on the front nine, one of them from 40 feet, and then added two more late in his round on a steamy Thursday afternoon at East Lake for a 6-under 64. In his Tour Championship debut, he had a two-shot lead over a group that included U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka.

Spieth had a 67, and while it was a grind, he had no gripes about that.

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2 Justin Thomas $8,976,560
3 Dustin Johnson $8,555,443
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5 Rickie Fowler $5,937,072
6 Jon Rahm $5,843,248
7 Marc Leishman $5,714,141
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