Published: Sat, September 08, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy off to torrid start at Aronimink

Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy off to torrid start at Aronimink

"I've got to make birdies and try and keep pace; this golf course is playing soft and tomorrow will be the same thing", Woods said.

Imagine leading at halfway at the BMW Championship in Pennsylvania when needing to win to have any chance of claiming the final wildcard for the Ryder Cup - and seeing Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, Justin Thomas and Rickie Fowler in your rear-view mirror.

Woods, who started his day on the 10th hole, sank five birdies in addition to an eagle at the par-5 16th to shoot a 29 on his first nine holes of the week.

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

Woods ended past year ranked 656 in the world but has risen to 26 on the back of what has been a consistent and largely uninterrupted season after spinal fusion surgery.

Woods and McIlroy had played a nine-hole practice round together on Tuesday.

"I made some great putts out there today including getting off to a better start than I have most of the season", he said. "It helped a lot". "I'm not going to say it stings too bad because I'd much rather shoot 62 today and win the golf tournament Sunday than shoot 59 today and maybe not win".

McIlroy had been a shot clear of Woods at nine-under par after 15 holes when Woods headed for the clubhouse.

"That round today was easily six or seven under par, and it turned into even par which is not what I needed to do today".

Eventually, there was going to be a day when Tiger Woods hit his fairways, was dialed in with his irons and holed the mid-length putts necessary to shoot a low-low round.

Woods is still in the mix despite Xander Schauffele (64) surging into the outright lead at 13 under at the elite 70-man event - the penultimate leg of the $US67 million ($102.6 million) FedEx Cup playoffs.

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