Casey and Donald share early lead

LUKE DONALD and Paul Casey are even closer to a possible £7.2million jackpot – the richest prize in golf – this weekend after making superb starts to the Tour Championship in Atlanta today.

The two English stars both kicked off the final leg of the FedEx Cup play-off series with four under par rounds of 66 to share the lead with Australian Geoff Ogilvy.

Donald, of course, is bound for Celtic Manor and the Ryder Cup next week, but world number seven Casey was controversially left out by Colin Montgomerie and has let his golf do his talking ever since.

Runner-up in the BMW Championship in Chicago two weeks ago Casey is fifth in the cup standings and victory in the tournament on Sunday will guarantee him the near £6.4m that goes to the overall winner. Donald, meanwhile, needs to win and hope that current top two Matt Kuchar and Dustin Johnson are not second to him. And both had disappointing opening rounds.

“It’s early days,” said the 32-year-old after grabbing six birdies. “Anything can happen – but it’s nice to position yourself. The course is firm and fast and that makes it play difficult, but if I could do the same the next three days I would take it right now.”


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