Tiger Woods off to insane start with season on the line

Tiger Woods off to insane start with season on the line

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.

Tiger Woods watches his tee shot on the third hole during the first round of the BMW Championship golf tournament at Aronimink GC.

Northern Ireland's McIlroy briefly threatened to dislodge Woods before equalling the American's score.

Woods is also first in strokes gained putting so far for the tournament.

All it got him at the BMW Championship was a tie for the lead Thursday with Rory McIlroy. He opened with a 20-foot birdie putt at No. 10, shot 29 on the back nine, and then rolled in a 15-foot birdie putt on No. 1 to reach 7 under through 10 holes.

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The birdies started flowing on the first hole and kept rolling throughout the day.

Woods had ignited thoughts of his career first 59 after an outward nine that produced a seventh hole eagle and four birdies in a six-under par 29.

Among the other early-morning starters on a loaded leaderboard, Justin Rose played the back nine in 3-under, with back-to-back birdies at 12 and 13, to cap a second-round 63 and sits two shots back of Schauffele at 11-under. He starts the weekend five shots off the lead. "Everyone is going low and birdies should be had".

It was the low round of the season for Woods, two shots under his closing 64 at last month's PGA Championship, and his lowest round in any PGA event since a 61 in the second round of the 2013 WGC Bridgestone Invitational - his most recent triumph.

Woods, McIlroy and Thomas all rank in the top five on the PGA Tour in scoring average, and you know at least one of them is going to hunt down Schauffele going into Sunday, which will be a blast.