Tiger Woods off to insane start with season on the line

Tiger Woods off to insane start with season on the line

Tiger Woods fired his lowest opening round in almost 20 years to join Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy at the top of the leaderboard at the BMW Championship on Thursday.

Woods made four birdies and an eagle and by all accounts looks really good after his first nine holes of the day.

Two days after he was selected by Jim Furyk as a Ryder Cup captain's pick, Woods chose to put his trusty Scotty Cameron back in the bag after he'd employed two other Taylormade flatsticks in play recently.

This is the third leg of the FedEx Cup Playoffs.

The 42-year-old American has made progress all season in his recovery from nagging back pain, leading in the final round of July's British Open before settling for a share of sixth and taking second in last month's PGA Championship.


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.

Instead, he missed the fairway on his next two tee shots, took bogey from about the same spot Woods was on No. 8, and those hopes were gone. After beginning the day tied for the lead, Woods fell to a tie for 10th five behind leader Xander Schauffele. After a disappointing finish on Monday at the Dell Technologies Championship - he played his last five holes in 3 over par - Woods played nine holes at Aronimink on Tuesday, then opted out of the pro-am Wednesday.

"It's been something I've been struggling with all year and it's been much better the last couple of weeks", he said. "Disappointed I didn't play in the pro-am but also it was the best thing for me". He was at 9 under when Woods finished, only to make consecutive bogeys and finish with a two-putt birdie for a 62. "I was just letting it rip on the greens".

Moments later, McIlroy hit his tee shot at the 165-yard par-3 fifth to within three feet. Woods was between clubs, went with a soft four-iron and yanked it into the rough.

"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".

Related Articles