Tiger Woods off to fast start, chasing first win since 2013

Posted September 07, 2018

He came to the 18th hole looking up at Woods on the leaderboard, but vaulted into first place by reeling off six consecutive birdies to get to 9-under for the tournament.

Tiger Woods reflected on a frustrating day on the greens after he slipped five shots off the lead following a second-round 70 at the BMW Championship.

The switch paid off from his very first hole of the day-the 10th, as Woods teed off with Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth off the back nine- when Woods poured a 20-footer for birdie right in the center.

Woods moved to seven-under par with a birdie at his 10th hole.

But after ranking second in the field Thursday in strokes gain, approach to the hole, Woods dropped to 35th in that category.

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NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. - A day of rest, an old, trusty putter in the bag and a golf ball that was seemingly flying forever Thursday helped Tiger Woods produce his best score in more than five years. It's his lowest round in competition since shooting 61 in the second round of the 2013 Bridgestone Invitational. He didn't hit anything longer than a 9-iron into the par 4s and didn't miss a green until his 14th hole.

"It's been something I've been struggling with all year and it's been much better the last couple of weeks", he said.

Woods and McIlroy still had to hit the shots and make the putts.

The first two rounds this week obviously have been no problem for Schauffele, who leads the BMW after backing up his opening 63 with a 6-under 64 on Friday.

"You definitely could do it today", said Woods, who hit 12 tee shots that traveled at least 300 yards.

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

McIlroy pared his 15th but three-putted for bogey both his seventh and eighth holes before a consolation birdie at the last.

McIlroy matched him but still left the course feeling a twinge of what might have been, for he actually had a golden opportunity to become the first European to shoot 59 on either of the game's two main circuits.

"It was a hard task to try and flight one to get it back there without, you know, hitting it over the back".

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