Tiger Woods Shares Lead at The Barclays

It must have been the divorce. A few days after it was announced that his divorce to Elin Nordegren has been finalized, Tiger Woods played his best 18 holes of golf since the unraveling of his personal life following a post-Thanksgiving-Day crash to take a share of the first-round lead at The Barclays.

Woods, who took his tee shot early, hit all but one of the fairways at the Ridgewood Country Club for a 6-under 65 and a share of the lead with Vaughn Taylor. It marked the first time that Woods has taken the lead at a PGA event since the second round of last year’s Tour Championship.

Woods said he felt good being “able to control my ball all day like this.” However, he refused to say whether his recent divorce had anything to do with the drastic change in his game. “I can’t really say that’s the case,” he said.

Woods and Taylor are a shot ahead of a group led by Australian Open champion Adam Scott. Davis Love III and Heath Slocum are two of several players at 4-under, while world no.2 Phil Mickelson struggled with a 1-over 72 and is in danger of missing the cut.

The Barclays is the first tournament in the FedEx Cup playoffs, where Woods is currently ranked 112th out of 125 players. Only the top 100 players in the FedEx Cup will advance to the second playoff event, the Deutsche Bank Championship.