Red-hot McIlroy and Woods top BMW leaderboard

Red-hot McIlroy and Woods top BMW leaderboard

Xander Schauffele surged to the lead at the BMW Championship as both Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy dropped back in the third leg of the FedEx Cup playoffs.

The British Open runner-up posted a 13-under 127 total, while consistent Englishman Justin Rose shot 63 to roar into second place on 11-under.

Schauffele shot 67 to take a share of second a 16 under with four-time major victor Rory McIlroy (63).

Schauffele has not won this year. On Thursday, at the BMW Championship, Woods went out on the back nine in 29 and climbed into the lead at six-under.

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. Just when we think he's ready to break through, he lips out a short par putt and stalls his momentum.

Tiger Woods made headlines with an opening round 62 but failed to maintain his momentum on Friday, rounding out a disappointing round at even par with back to back bogeys.

"I've got to make birdies", Woods said.

Rickie Fowler opened with a 65 in his first tournament since the PGA Championship, and at times it felt like he was getting lapped playing alongside Woods.


"I guess I had good sort of good vibes and good memories and it was nice to see it go in. I should have been a few better but hopefully that's the bad one out of the way".

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.

The Greystones man birdied three of his last four holes but finished two shots outside the cut line on one-over par.

"That round today was easily 6 or 7-under par", Woods said.

Japan's Hideto Tanihara shot a four-under 66 to lead by two strokes from Matthew Fitzpatrick, Dane Lucas Bjerregaard and Doug Ghim on nine-under par.

Tiger said: "I hit it just as good and putted it just as good".

And when he did have them, Woods didn't make them.

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