Tiger Woods has dead aim in shooting 8-under, 62

Kristopher Nichols
September 8, 2018

But 42-year-old Woods bounced back with a birdie at the par-5 ninth to post his lowest opening round at a US Tour event in 19 years.

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

Tiger Woods reflected on a frustrating day on the greens after he slipped five shots off the lead following a second-round 70 at the BMW Championship. A day after making seven birdies and an eagle, he could manage just three birdies and added bogeys at the last two holes, including a three-putt on the 18th green.

Woods and McIlroy still had to hit the shots and make the putts.

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

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It was an abysmal day on the greens for Woods; he finished last in the field of 69 on Friday in strokes-gained: putting. Playing the back nine first, the Northern Irishman made six straight birdies from his ninth hole, the 18th, to go nine under and raise the possibility of shooting 59. He had a look at birdie on No. 18, but his 20-footer was on-line but short.

American Xander Schauffele sits one shot behind the pair. Kevin Na went low at 8-under for the day, matching Woods' and McIlroy's Thursday scores after carding an even-par 70 on Day 1.

Woods needs to finish in the mid-30s this week to qualify for next week's Tour Championship at East Lake, where the top 30 in the FedEx Cup standings will compete and where the season-long points race champion will be named.

Woods has shot 61 four times on the PGA Tour, most recently at the 2013 Bridgestone Invitational which he won for his 79th career victory on tour, but he is still stuck on that mark.

Oosthuizen is now on 729 points - 2 888 points behind FedEx Cup leader DeChambeau.

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