Tiger Woods & Rory McIlroy share lead in Philadelphia — BMW Championship

Tiger Woods & Rory McIlroy share lead in Philadelphia — BMW Championship

Tiger Woods & Rory McIlroy share lead in Philadelphia — BMW Championship

Woods was understandably frustrated after opening the tournament with a 62 on Thursday and not being able to add to it. Dropped from a share of the lead to 5 back.

The pair lead American ace Xander Schauffele, while Billy Horschel and Peter Uihlein are close.

Rory McIlroy keeps an eye on his shot. "The fairways are ample wide and the greens are soft".

"It was a hard task to try and flight one to get it back there without, you know, hitting it over the back". His first-round scoring average this season has been 71.13, which ranks him 140th on Tour.

For a time, it appeared that McIlroy might best him.

Tiger Woods reacts to his birdie on the ninth green. My game feels obviously in really good shape. My approach play, my wedge play has been much better.

"I think Nike is trying to get out ahead of it and trying to do something special and I think they've done that", said the 14-time Major victor.

Despite his victory earlier this year, it has been - by McIlroy's standards - somewhat of a disappointing season.


Hideki Matsuyama, who started the FedEx Cup playoffs at No. 76, had a 64 and was in a group three shots behind that included Keegan Bradley, Alex Noren, and Rickie Fowler. Just nothing went in. "I guess that's what I did".

Tiger Woods isn't just back in the hunt - he's leading it. Woods began the year using the Cameron and did so through the U.S. Open before switching to TaylorMade's Ardmore at the Quicken Loans National in late June. "Nothing went in. That's the way it goes", Woods said.

"I just didn't hole as many putts". My body just remembers it.

It wasn't all about the putter Thursday. He didn't hit anything longer than a 9-iron into the par 4s and didn't miss a green until his 14th hole.

Woods once used that phrase - "winning takes care of everything" - when he returned to No. 1 in the world after his injuries in 2013. With a bogey on his penultimate hole, he had an 8-under 62 at Aronimink. "It turned into even par which is not what I needed to do". I wanted to manage it.

"It's been something I've been struggling with all year and it's been much better the last couple of weeks", he said.

McIlroy and Woods, who shared the first round lead, could not maintain their torrid pace.

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