Kyle Stanley of the United States plays his shot from the eighth tee during the first round of the TOUR Championship at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Georgia. AFP pic

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.

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 US$10 million. — REUTERS

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