Tiger Woods Takes the Lead at the BMW Championship


"I hit it just as good and putt it just as good, " Woods said.

All it got him at the BMW Championship was a tie for the lead Thursday with Rory McIlroy. With a bogey on his penultimate hole, he had an 8-under 62 at Aronimink. He was the PGA Tour rookie of the year last season after winning the Tour Championship for his second PGA Tour title.

"I saw some really good signs last week in Boston and I'm continuing to see good signs this week".

Woods served as a vice captain in 2016 and was originally slotted for the same role this year, but Woods comeback to competitive golf has been more successful than anyone could have expected, and his inclusion among Team USA's best players was an easy call for Furyk.

He added another birdie on the first hole, his 10th of the day, to get to seven-under.

"The heat is hard for me because I lose so much weight out here", said Woods.

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His only bogey came at the par-3 eighth, by far the most hard pin on the course.

Woods is also first in strokes gained putting so far for the tournament.

Hideki Matsuyama, who started the FedEx Cup playoffs at No. 76, had a 64 and was in a group three shots behind that included Keegan Bradley, Alex Noren, and Rickie Fowler.

The wide fairways and temperatures in the 90s that allowed the golf ball to seemingly fly forever made for such low scoring that 48 players in the 69-man field broke par.

"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. The model provides live "Make Cut", "Top 20", "Top 5", and "Win" probabilities every 5 minutes from the opening tee shot to the final putt of every PGA TOUR event. He birdied three of the last four for a 67.

Woods had ignited thoughts of his career first 59 after an outward nine that produced a seventh hole eagle and four birdies in a six-under par 29. "And I didn't capitalize".