Woods, McIlroy share lead at BMW Championship

Tiger Woods Takes the Lead at the BMW Championship

The reigning Rookie of the Year shot 6-under 64 and holds a two-shot lead over Justin Rose going into the weekend.

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

A 20-foot birdie at his first hole, the 10th, was a confidence-boosting start in oppressive humidity on the Aronimink course in the rolling hills just west of Philadelphia. He won that week for his 79th career victory on tour but is still stuck on the mark five years later.

The good news for Tiger is that he's only five strokes out of the lead with 36 holes to play, and he's been consistently performing over the weekends in big events this year. Just when we think he's ready to break through, he lips out a short par putt and stalls his momentum. Tiger struggled over the final two holes, going with back-to-back bogeys for an even-par 70.

As Schauffele took command, Woods went in the other direction as the old putter that he put back in the bag and wielded so well on Thursday refused to co-operate.

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.

It was certainly a day for low scoring as American Xander Schauffele, in contention to be Furyk's fourth and final wildcard pick Monday, shot a seven-under-par 63 to sit in third. "It turned into even par which is not what I needed to do".

Jordan Spieth was projected to fall just outside the top 30 in the FedEx Cup, which would mean missing the Tour Championship and getting some form of penalty from the PGA Tour because of his schedule.

Tiger said: "I hit it just as good and putted it just as good". "I lose strength and I lose power and endurance".

As for Woods, he's still looking like a safe bet to make it to East Lake.

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

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