Schauffele grabs two-shot lead at BMW Championship

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Woods and McIlroy looked comfortable and methodic all day long at Aronimink Golf Club in Pennsylvania on Thursday as they both opened with superb scorecards of 8-under 62 to co-lead after 18 holes.

"It's very simple, I just didn't make any putts", said the overnight joint-leader, who is projected to need a top-37 finish to ensure being in the 30-man field for the season finale at the Tour Championship in Atlanta.

It is the sixth occasion in Woods' career he's recorded nine holes in 29 or better, and on four of those five prior occasions he has gone on to win. A victory at Aronimink might even be enough for Jim Furyk to take the 24-year-old from San Diego as the final captain's pick for the Ryder Cup.

Rory McIlroy also shot 62 to tie for the lead, with Xander Schauffele a shot back.

"Got off to a better start than I have most of the season".

But Woods made amends with a closing birdie at the par-five ninth, where he sank a seven-foot putt. His only bogey came at the par-3 eighth, by far the most hard pin on the course. The putt caught the lip.

This is the third leg of the FedEx Cup Playoffs.

"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".

Jordan Spieth, the third member of the star-studded group, was even through 11 holes. Justin Thomas is tied for fourth, 2 shots back, along with Billy Horschel, Peter Uihlein and Alex Noren. Tiger was bogey-free through nine, sinking four birdies and eagling the par-5 16th, his seventh hole of the day. The crowd was much thinner for McIlroy, but those fans saw quite a show.

When he was 9-under with four holes left - the last one a par 5 - he started thinking about breaking 60.

McIlroy briefly held the outright lead of the tournament, but slipped behind Woods after hitting wayward tee shots at 16 and 17 that led to consecutive bogeys. "I putted well. Basically did everything well and looking forward to getting back out there early in the morning and trying to get it going again". "And I didn't capitalize".

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