BMW Championship: Tiger Woods & Rory McIlroy share lead in Philadelphia

Mae Harvey
September 7, 2018

Woods meanwhile also struggled to find consistency in his second round, three birdies cancelled out by three bogeys to leave the American on even par for his round and eight-under par for the tournament heading into the weekend.

Fourteen-time major victor Woods jumped out of the gates after teeing off the 10th hole, bagging three birdies in his first four holes before a stunning second shot from 220 metres into the par-5 16th hole. "So it's a great way to start the golf tournament".

Instead, he missed the fairway on his next two tee shots, took bogey from about the same spot Woods was on No. 8, and those hopes were gone. "Just the way it goes". He shared second to runaway victor Webb Simpson at THE PLAYERS Championship, was in the final group on Sunday at The Open Championship, and had a top-10 finish at the U.S. Open. The 29-year-old recovered with a birdie on the last to ensure a share of the opening-round spoils with Woods.

"The heat is hard for me because I lose so much weight out here", said Woods. My body just remembers it. "I was just letting it rip on the greens". When I got away from it, and back when I was using the Nike putter, I'd always bring it out and hit putts with it.

It wasn't all about the putter Thursday. That's the beauty of a good first day for guys like McIlroy and Tiger Woods - your off day leaves you right in the mix instead of all the way out of the tournament.

The stats were predictably impressive: 16 of 18 greens, 9 of 14 fairways, 27 putts, seven birdies, one eagle and the lone bogey. He was at 9 under when Woods finished, only to make consecutive bogeys and finish with a two-putt birdie for a 62. The Monday finish, back things up and looking at how it was.

The 14 time major champion wasted no time in electrifying another enormous gallery by reaching the turn in just 29 shots - the first time he has done that since the 2007 Tour Championship.

Due to the possibility of poor weather, tee times for the second round have been moved up Friday to 7-9 a.m., with Woods teeing off at 8:06 a.m.

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