BMW Championship: Tiger Woods ties course record with opening round 62

24 September, 2018, 02:51 | Author: Amy Huff
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Rory McIlroy hopes his BMW Championship duel with Tiger Woods continues through the weekend rounds after the superstar duo put on a clinic to share the lead after round one.

Woods said much of Thursday's success was down to him dusting off the 19-year-old putter he used for 13 of his 14 major wins.

It was just the fourth time in 17 tournaments in 2018 that Woods opened with a round under par.

Briton Justin Rose is two behind in second after a flawless second round of 63 on Friday and there is a four-way tie for third between Americans Keegan Bradley and Rickie Fowler, Sweden's Alex Noren and Hideki Matsuyama of Japan. After missing the fairway, Woods blasted a 5-wood out of the thick stuff and almost made it onto the green. You got to hit it pretty wild to start missing fairways.

Woods made birdies on three of his first four holes after starting on the back nine and had seven in all, plus a five-foot eagle putt at No. 16, and made his only bogey on the eighth hole.

Leishman is projected to need at least a tie for 38th to remain inside the FedEx standings's top 30, who advance to the Tour Championship finale. McIlroy drained an eight-foot birdie at the 18th, then holed three more putts between eight and nine feet consecutively as he made the turn. He added a birdie at the ninth to tie Woods.

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"But if someone had given me a 62 on the first tee this morning I would have taken it, so it's a great way to start the golf tournament. There are a lot of good signs out there".

"I'm not sure how much more water the course can take, to be quite frank", Schauffele offered. "I feel like I have because I haven't won, but I feel like I've given myself some good chances, and this is another one".

Despite his victory earlier this year, it has been - by McIlroy's standards - somewhat of a disappointing season. The third leg of the FedEx Cup Playoffs is being lit up by the world's best golfers.

"It's a golf course that just seems to fit my eye", McIlroy said. "I guess that's what I did". His best 9-hole score was a 28 in the 2007 Tour Championship, and his 29 on Thursday matched four other instances, most recently at the WGC Mexico in 2006.

The Swede tamed the blustery conditions at Lighthouse Golf and Spa Resort, carding a five-under 66 to lead by a shot from Peter Baker and former Irish Open champion Stephen Dodd.

"Very simple. I didn't make any putts", Woods said after the second round. "Whenever you hit it like that, it's hard not to make birdies". My body just remembers it. "It just never felt right, but it feels good now".

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