Tiger Woods shoots 8-under 62 in first round of BMW Championship

Sep 09, 2018, 01:15
Tiger Woods shoots 8-under 62 in first round of BMW Championship

Tiger Woods has sent fans into a frenzy after equalling the course record at the BMW Championship and shooting his lowest opening round since 1999.

With temperatures in the upper 90s making Aronimink play short, Woods had an 8-under 62 that included a bogey on his next-to-last hole. "It helps a lot", Woods said.

A day after shooting 62 and looking like the Tiger of old with his Scotty Cameron putter back in his bag, Woods's round on Friday reminded us just how hard it is to follow up a season-best round with another low one. It remains his last victory.

Woods returned to the same putter he has used to win 13 of his 14 majors - his third different putter in as many weeks - and saw some familiar results.

However, Xander Schauffele had another great day as he came close to holing a wedge on his second hole, had a 40-foot birdie putt in the middle of his round and finished with a 6-under for the lowest 36-hole score of his career.

He didn't make many more, but he had chances. 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.

McIlroy pared his 15th but three-putted for bogey both his seventh and eighth holes before a consolation birdie at the last.

Jordan Spieth, the third member of the star-studded group, was even through 11 holes. He birdied three of the last four for a 67.

Woods served as a vice captain in 2016 and was originally slotted for the same role this year, but Woods comeback to competitive golf has been more successful than anyone could have expected, and his inclusion among Team USA's best players was an easy call for Furyk. "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".

He missed a 4-foot par putt on the par-3 fifth hole and didn't convert any of the birdie putts from the 20-foot range.

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