Schauffele grabs lead at Aronimink

How to watch the 2018 BMW Championship on TV online			David Dusek  Golfweek

Every shot means so much this time of the year, and the last two holes Saturday at the BMW Championship might mean even more.

Xander Schauffele surged to the lead at the BMW Championship as both Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy dropped back in the third leg of the FedEx Cup playoffs.

McIlroy briefly held the outright lead of the tournament, but slipped behind Woods after hitting wayward tee shots at 16 and 17 that led to consecutive bogeys.

McIlroy had a one-under 69 for a nine-under total, one shot ahead of 14-time major victor Woods, who looked furious with himself after he bogeyed his final two holes in a level-par 70.

The Greystones man birdied three of his last four holes but finished two shots outside the cut line on one-over par.

Four golfers are tied for the third place, they are Keegan Bradley, Alexander Noren, Rickie Fowler and Hideki Matsuyama. The course yielded birdies in bunches over the first 36 holes of competition, and the weekend promises fireworks from golf's biggest stars. Surprisingly, Schauffele now has a 2-stroke advantage over his nearest competitor Justin Rose. The number of players is reduced at each event - with 70 contesting this one - before the top 30 contest the decisive Tour Championship in two weeks' time. I get good support around here.




"I made a few putts today and also from right out of the gate with birdies at 10 and 12 and 13 so that was a nice way to get things rolling", said Woods, who started on the back nine.

Schauffele narrowly missed out on an automatic spot in Jim Furyk's United States Ryder Cup team but could earn the fourth and final wildcard pick with a strong performance this weekend.

Woods once used that phrase - "winning takes care of everything" - when he returned to No. 1 in the world after his injuries in 2013.

Where is the BMW Championship? . He is trying to win for the first this year.

The Ryder Cup committee added this 11-hour selection to make sure that the hottest American player wasn't left off the squad.

Schauffele said he was on a mission, and the Ryder Cup was merely a byproduct.

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