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Tiger Woods shoots 8-under 62 in first round of BMW Championship

07 September 2018

"I hit a lot of attractive putts that were on top of the edge and then obviously hit a couple bad ones on the last hole".

Woods birdied the first hole to get to seven under through 10 holes, then made five straight pars before feathering a wedge to inside a foot on No. 7.

Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy broke new ground when they tied for the first-round lead at the BMW Championship in Pennsylvania on Thursday.

The wide fairways and temperatures in the 90s allowed the golf ball to seemingly fly forever and made for such low scoring that 48 players in the 69-man field broke par.

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"Just the way it goes", Woods said with a smile, caring more about a complete round of golf and a strong performance with his old putter than whether he was leading after one round in the FedEx Cup playoffs.

Two of his birdies came on the par-5s, and another at the par-4 11th where he knocked an approach shot from 95 yards to 2 feet. 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.

"I've got to make birdies", Woods said.

The 14 time major champion wasted no time in electrifying another enormous gallery by reaching the turn in just 29 shots - the first time he has done that since the 2007 Tour Championship.

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The 14-time major victor Woods and McIlroy have a one-stroke lead after both shot eight-under 62 which marked the American's best PGA first round since the 1999 Byron Nelson Classic.

Jordan Spieth couldn't keep it in play off the tee and didn't get under par until his 15th hole. 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.

Justin Thomas, Billy Horschel and Peter Uihlein (both 64) share fourth at six-under nearing the end of the opening 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. "And I didn't capitalize".

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Tiger Woods shoots 8-under 62 in first round of BMW Championship