Schauffele grabs halfway lead as Woods, McIlroy retreat at BMW

Elena Summers
September 24, 2018

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

The 2015 BMW Championship victor sits five shots off the pace after day one at the penultimate event of US PGA Tour finals, having posted a three-under-par 67. "I thought it was ideal". After a disappointing finish on Monday at the Dell Technologies Championship - he played his last five holes in 3 over par - Woods played nine holes at Aronimink on Tuesday, then opted out of the pro-am Wednesday.

McIlroy proved that, as well, matching Woods' 62 that for a time appeared destined to be a sub-60 score. He birdied three of the last four for a 67.

"I've hit hundreds of millions of putts [with the Cameron]; I've had it since '99", Woods said. Two over through four but that is one reason why I love this golf course, you know you can get it back. One day Tiger will put together four days of good play and win a tournament, but probably not this weekend.

"I got off to a bad start". Woods went back to his trusty putter that helped him win 13 of his 14 majors and the move paid off big time.

The 42-year-old continued in impressive fashion with a birdie - his fifth of the day - at the first, before another brilliant gain at the seventh as he appeared set to end the round in the same fashion as he began. It's unlikely that he'll get US captain Jim Furyk's final selection next week, but if he wins by five or six in this field, who knows. Woods shot 29 on the front nine that day at Cottonwood Valley and it wasn't even the best score in his group (Paul Goydos shot 28).

And the PGA Championship runner-up continued his good form with an eight-under-par 62, which was later matched by Ryder Cup rival Rory McIlroy.

That saw him sign for a six-under-par 64 - his 13th under-par round out of 16 at the Swiss mountain resort - and left him seven under for the tournament, two shots behind leader Hidesto Tanihara (66) of Japan and joint-second with Dane Lucas Bjerregaard (65) and American newcomer Doug Ghim (65).

At the 457-yard par-4 fourth, Matsuyama reached the green in 2 and rolled a 38-foot putt for birdie. They didn't go in [on his back nine], which is fine.

"It's very easy to get ahead of yourself in the playoffs and think, "I haven't got off to a great start so I need to perform now", Day said. "And I didn't capitalize".

Woods managed an eagle and seven birdies and his only hiccup being a late bogey on his back nine at the Aronimink Golf Course in Philadelphia.

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