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Tiger Woods & Rory McIlroy share lead in Philadelphia — BMW Championship

09 September, 2018, 01:11 | Author: Tommie Newton
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Woods played his first nine holes in 29 strokes, hit 16 greens in regulation and shot 8-under-par 62 at Aronimink Golf Club in the first round of the BMW Championship.

American Schauffele hit 17 greens in regulation and used a hot putter for a six-under-par 64 on the Aronimink course west of Philadelphia.

Woods will hold a share of the first-round lead for the first time since the 2013 WGC-Cadillac Championship, a tournament he went on to win.

Woods also had a disappointing second day and slipped five shots off the lead to tied 12th after a level-par 70.

The Greystones man birdied three of his last four holes but finished two shots outside the cut line on one-over par.

Rose, who won at Aronomink in 2010, showed his liking for the storied venue once more with a marvellous 63 to be just two behind Schauffele.

"It's not like I've had a bad year", he said after a round that included a 40-foot birdie at the 11th hole.

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"Just prove to myself that I can win again and just be clutch, " he said.

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"I can accept a bogey on a hole like on the eighth (17th) hole and the bogey on seven wasn't good, but you don't get many opportunities to break 60 and today was one of them and I didn't capitalize". "Everyone is going low and birdies should be had".

"It was just one of those days", he said after taking a profligate 33 putts.

The FedEx Cup's top 20 players have already qualified for the TOUR Championship. This is the penultimate leg in the FedEx Cup play-offs and after finishing second at the Dell Technologies Championship on Monday, Rose is right in the mix for the outrageous bonus which the leader in the standings at the conclusion of the Tour Championship in Atlanta on the Sunday immediately preceding the Ryder Cup in Paris.

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.



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