September 21, 2017 / 10:12 PM / a year ago

Golf - Stanley upstages big names to take Tour Championship lead

(Reuters) - Kyle Stanley upstaged the big names to take the first-round lead with a six-under-par 64 at the Tour Championship in Georgia on Thursday.

Sep 21, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; Kyle Stanley follows his shot from the second tee box during the first round of the Tour Championship golf tournament at East Lake Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Stanley, 22nd in the FedExCup standings, compiled seven birdies and one bogey in perfect conditions at East Lake in Atlanta.

A winner on the PGA Tour this year, Stanley leads the elite 30-man field by two strokes from fellow Americans Webb Simpson, Daniel Berger and Brooks Koepka, and Englishman Paul Casey.

FedExCup points leader Jordan Spieth recorded three late birdies for a three-under 67 in a decent start to the final event of the PGA Tour season.

The winner of the FedExCup on Sunday receives $10 million.

Reporting by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina; editing by Pritha Sarkar

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