Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy share lead at BMW Championship

American Brandt Snedeker

Tiger Woods watches his tee shot on the third hole during the first round of the BMW Championship golf tournament at Aronimink GC.

And all that got him was a share of the lead with Rory McIlroy.

It was Woods' lowest round since firing a 61 in the second round of the 2013 Bridgestone Invitational, which was also his last victory.

One day after a 62, Woods shot 70 and was five behind.

"I know the release point and I know how it swings and my body morphs into a position where it understands where it needs to be to release the putter, because I've hit hundreds of millions of putts with that thing".

McIlroy threatened to steal the headlines from Woods.

Tiger Woods didn't have the magic of Thursday, but he's still right in the thick of it even with a poor finish.




Former world number one Woods, now ranked 26th, dropped his approach inches from the hole at the par-4 seventh and tapped in for birdie, but missed the green and took bogey at the par-3 eighth then answered with a seven-foot birdie putt at 18.

"Sometimes if a major season doesn't go your way and you haven't done what you wanted to do, it's just a bit of a reset, let's go again, reassess your goals", McIlroy said.

They led by one stroke from American Xander Schauffele in the third of four playoff events on tour. He managed to hit 14 of 18 greens in regulation, but Woods had a more hard time getting approaches close to the hole than he did Thursday.

"This was the shot of the entire day, a three-iron from 230 (yards) and I just laced it up in the air", the 42-year-old said.

Two-time major victor John Daly had five birdies, two double bogeys and two triple bogeys in shooting a 7-over 77.

It is the sixth occasion in Woods' career he's recorded nine holes in 29 or better, and on four of those five prior occasions he has gone on to win.

With tee times moved up (due to impending bad weather) and players in cooler conditions, it was a different day Friday at Aronimink. It looked like all the putts were going to go in, but they didn't go in today. And like that, he was back in a tie for second, 9 under and two back.

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