Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy off to great start at Aronimink

Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy off to great start at Aronimink

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

Schauffele has gone almost a year without winning.

McIlroy and Woods, who shared the first round lead, could not maintain their torrid pace.

Ryder Cup rivals Woods and McIlroy held the overnight advantage after opening rounds of 62, but the American finished the day five shots off the lead as successive bogeys on the closing holes - including three putts at the last - proved costly.

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

Justin Rose could sense the sky getting a little darker, the wind a little cooler and more brisk.

The top 30 in the standings after the Sunday's final round at Aronimink Golf Club will contest the Tour Championship at East Lake, Atlanta starting September 20.

"I hit it just as good and felt like I putted just as good".

He is a 14-time victor on the Japan Golf Tour and finished fourth at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play and in a tie for third at the PGA Championship.

"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.

"I've got to make birdies over the weekend".

"I hit a lot of handsome putts that were on top of the edge and then obviously hit a couple bad ones on the last hole".

"You don't get many opportunities to break 60 and today was one of them", he said. He's certainly giving Jim Furyk something to think about as he weighs up whether to pick Schaufelle or Tony Finau for his last Ryder Cup wild card. Furyk used three of his picks on Tuesday night on Bryson DeChambeau, Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods - Nos. Tanihara, in command in a European Tour event going into the weekend for the first time, moved to nine under in the morning.

"If you shoot 65, you were losing ground", McIlroy said with only slight exaggeration.

The same is true for Bradley and for Noren, the Swede who makes his Ryder Cup debut at the end of the month. If Schauffele wins this week, it'll be very hard not to send him to Paris.

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