Tiger Woods off to fast start, chasing first win since 2013


Tiger Woods is doing that thing he does where he gets everyone all riled up early in a tournament.

Rory McIlroy keeps an eye on his shot.

"Got off to a better start than I have most of the season".

It was the lowest score for Woods since he shot 61 in the second round of the 2013 Bridgestone Invitational, which he won by seven shots for his 79th title on the PGA Tour and 90th worldwide.

One day after a 62, Woods shot 70 and was five behind.

His only bogey came at the par-three eighth, where he misjudged his tee shot and sent an eight-iron over the back into punishing rough.

"The heat is hard for me because I lose so much weight out here", said Woods.

McIlroy threatened to steal the headlines from Woods.

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It was just the fourth time in 17 tournaments in 2018 that Woods opened with a round under par.

Tiger Woods fired his lowest opening round in almost 20 years to join Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy at the top of the leaderboard at the BMW Championship on Thursday.

The world number 88 bogeyed three of his first five holes but after fighting back to level par with birdies at the seventh, eighth and 10th, he mixed birdies at the 14th and 15th with bogeys at the 11th, 16th and 18th to lie seven shots behind leader Maximilian Kieffer in tied 81st.

The BMW Championship is the third event of the $US67 million FedEx Cup playoffs.

"Sometimes if a major season doesn't go your way and you haven't done what you wanted to do, it's just a bit of a reset, let's go again, reassess your goals", McIlroy said. He didn't hit anything longer than a 9-iron into the par 4s and didn't miss a green until his 14th hole. And as of right now, " he said, pausing to smile, "I'm one back.

Woods was posing on his tee shot at the par-3 fifth, the sun glaring into him, and he couldn't figure out immediately where it went.

With tee times moved up (due to impending bad weather) and players in cooler conditions, it was a different day Friday at Aronimink. McIlroy drained an eight-foot birdie at the 18th, then holed three more putts between eight and nine feet consecutively as he made the turn. And like that, he was back in a tie for second, 9 under and two back.