Tiger shoots blistering 62 to open BMW Championship

07 September, 2018, 21:20 | Author: Nicole Aguilar
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Woods couldn't get a pair of decent birdie looks to drop at Nos.

In the Challenge Tour's Bridgestone Challenge, John Ross Galbraith shot a two-under 69 and Old Conna's Neil O'Briain a 70 as the Czech Republic's Stanislav Matus fired a 10-under 61 to lead by two shots from Australia's Dimitrios Papadatos, Sweden's Sebastian Soderberg, England's Tom Lewis and English amateur Thomas Sloman.

Two of his birdies came on the par-5s, and another at the par-4 11th where he knocked an approach shot from 95 yards to 2 feet.

"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".

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.

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Starting on the back nine, McIlroy matched Woods' hot start with three birdies in his first four holes.

But he bogeyed the seventh and eighth before finishing with a birdie four to join Woods on eight-under par, just one stroke clear of US Ryder Cup wildcard hopeful Xander Schauffele.

Rory McIlroy tees off during the first round of the BMW Championship on Thursday.

The Northern Irishman, who won earlier this year at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, had a stretch of six straight birdies from the 18th through the fifth holes to get to 9 under par on his round before making consecutive bogeys at the seventh and eighth. "Just the way it goes". He managed to hit 14 of 18 greens in regulation, but Woods had a more hard time getting approaches close to the hole than he did Thursday. And as of right now, " he said, pausing to smile, "I'm one back. Woods was between clubs, went with a soft four-iron and yanked it into the rough. He then parred his next five holes ahead of a 16th hole birdie before his only bogey at his 17th. He also skipped the Pro-Am due to the heatwave conditions.

Due to the possibility of poor weather, tee times for the second round have been moved up Friday to 7-9 a.m., with Woods teeing off at 8:06 a.m.

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