Tiger Woods Takes the Lead at the BMW Championship

Tiger Woods Takes the Lead at the BMW Championship

Tiger Woods electrified the gallery at the BMW Championship Thursday with one of the greatest opening rounds in his illustrious career, as the 42-year-old carded an unbelievable 62 at Aronimink Golf Club.

For a time, it appeared that McIlroy might best him.

He was near the lead when he finished his round, but numerous other 69 players in the field-only the top 70 in the FedEx Cup standings qualified for this event-were shooting similarly impressive scores on an immaculate day for scoring.

"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".

Two holes later, Woods spun a wedge from 95 yards to 2 feet for his second tap-in birdie in three holes.

This is the third leg of the FedEx Cup Playoffs.

It gave Woods an eight-under score and he now shares the lead with Rory McIlroy, who has two holes remaining to take the ascendancy.

McIlroy and Woods, who shared the first round lead, could not maintain their torrid pace. "Just the way it goes". He didn't hit anything longer than a 9-iron into the par 4s and didn't miss a green until his 14th hole. When I got away from it, and back when I was using the Nike putter, I'd always bring it out and hit putts with it.

"I needed it; I really did", said Woods, who is playing three weeks in a row for the first time since early in 2013.

With tee times moved up (due to impending bad weather) and players in cooler conditions, it was a different day Friday at Aronimink.

"I've been monkeying around with it back home and in the backyard", Woods said of his decision to go back to his favourite putter. McIlroy drained an eight-foot birdie at the 18th, then holed three more putts between eight and nine feet consecutively as he made the turn.

"I can accept a bogey on a hole like on the eighth (17th) hole and the bogey on seven wasn't good, but you don't get many opportunities to break 60 and today was one of them and I didn't capitalize". And like that, he was back in a tie for second, 9 under and two back.

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