Henrik Stenson changed his attitude and chose a different target at the Tour Championship.
Instead of smashing a driver and a locker, he demolished the front nine at Atlanta's East Lake Golf Club on Thursday with a five birdies over a six-hole stretch that carried him to a 6-under 64 and a one-shot lead over Masters champion Adam Scott.
"I just needed to realize the world is a good place again," the Swede said.
It was a big turnaround from Monday, not only on his scorecard but between the ears. At the BMW Championship, which was extended a day by rain, he slammed his driver so hard into the ground on the final hole that the head snapped off, and then he took out his frustrations on his locker at Conway Farms (Ill.).
Playing all 18 holes at East Lake for the first time, it looked like he couldn't miss. On the first seven holes, he hit only one iron shot outside of 10 feet, and he converted five of them for birdie.
"I really knew I had to be in a good frame of mind coming out there if I wanted to play good golf," said Stenson, who's known for displays of frustrations. "I stayed very level-headed -- kept the head on, both myself and drivers."
More than feeling better about his attitude, Stenson was helped by feeling no pain in his left wrist. He suspects he slept it on wrong last weekend, and it reached a point where it hurt to hold a toothbrush. He iced his wrist and took anti-inflammatories, and that seemed to have worked.
Nothing worked for playing partner Tiger Woods. He missed a short birdie putt on No. 1 that set the tone for the day. Woods was the only player in the 30-man field to go without a birdie. After his 3-over 73, he walked past reporters without comment.
Scott did his damage on the back nine, making six birdies in seven holes for a 29 that had him tied for the lead until Stenson finished off his remarkable round with a 5-iron from 223 yards to 4 feet for birdie on the par-3 18th.
"It was a tale of two nines," Scott said. "I hit two good shots into 10 and rolled a putt in, which calmed me down."
Stenson, the No. 2 seed, and Scott (No. 3) only have to win the Tour Championship to capture the FedEx Cup and the $10 million prize. Even more is at stake for Scott, who'd be a strong candidate for tour player of the year if he were to win this week. That would give him three wins, compared with five wins for No. 1 Woods, though Scott would have a major and the FedEx Cup.
Steve Stricker rallied late with three straight birdies for a 66, tied with Billy Horschel.
Woods wasn't alone in his struggles. British Open champion Phil Mickelson, who switched to the claw putting grip midway through his round, had a 71. PGA champion Jason Dufner was in last place at 74.
European Tour: Nicolas Colsaerts held a share of the Italian Open lead in Turin. The Ryder Cup star shot a 65 to join Ricardo Gonzalez and Maximilian Kieffer at 7 under.