Tiger Woods Takes the Lead at the BMW Championship

Sep 10, 2018, 02:21
Tiger Woods Takes the Lead at the BMW Championship

In total, 48 of the 69 players in the field were under par after the opening round.

Rickie Fowler hits from the 10th tee during the first round of the BMW Championship at Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown Square, Pa. Fowler opened with a.

Woods couldn't take advantage and finished bogey-bogey for an even-par 70, eight shots higher than an electric opening-round 62 that gave him a share of the lead with Rory McIlroy.

"That round today was easily six, seven under par", Woods said.

"I've been monkeying around with it throughout the summer at home in the back yard and chose to put it back in the bag today". He missed on the low side but holed the birdie putt to shoot 62, tied for the second-lowest round of his illustrious career.

But the longest putt he made on day two at Aronimink was six feet.

Among the early starters on a loaded leaderboard, Justin Rose played the back nine in three-under, with back-to-back birdies at 12 and 13, to cap a second-round 63 that puts him two shots back of Schauffele at 11 under.

Justin Rose shot 65 and briefly pressured the victor before finishing tied for second with Rickie Fowler.

"It was one of those days where it was out there", McIlroy said. He tied sixth in the U.S. Open and tied second in The Open Championship. He's in great shape again in Philadelphia, where he's now T-12 at 8 under.

Woods added: "The fact that I challenged at Valspar earlier this year was a bit shocking considering I didn't know how much I'd play this year".

It was right around this time that the 59 talk began, which naturally meant that Tiger was going to cool off, which he did.

Another surprise: Jason Day, the 2015 champion, makes a serious run at the 2018 BMW Championship title.

"So I'm going to try to make it as hard as possible on Jim".

Schauffele, the victor of last year's Tour Championship, had been among the frontrunners for a Ryder Cup spot with strong performances at the U.S. Open (equal sixth) and British Open (equal second). The number of players is reduced at each event - with 70 contesting this one - before the top 30 contest the decisive Tour Championship in two weeks' time.

Jordan Spieth salvaged his round late again for a 66, but he still was just outside the top 30. He appears to be fighting his swing and seems hesitant over the ball, a little more fidgety than usual before pulling the trigger off the tee.

Schauffele also needs a good week to get to East Lake, though he would like to extend his season an additional week in France at the Ryder Cup. Starting times have been moved up to 7 a.m. Monday with hopes of having enough time to weather any storm.