BMW Golf Leaderboard 3rd round: Schauffele leads, Woods slides

BMW Golf Leaderboard 3rd round: Schauffele leads, Woods slides

BMW Golf Leaderboard 3rd round: Schauffele leads, Woods slides

Late Saturday, after hanging with Rose all day, Schauffele three-putted from the edge of the 18 green to drop one shot behind heading into the final day.

Everything else felt that way Thursday in the BMW Championship, where Woods had his lowest score in an opening round in almost 20 years and his best score on the PGA Tour since his last victory more than five years ago.

He will enter Friday's second round tied for the lead with Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy, who posted his own 8-under 62 a few groups behind Woods.

McIlroy, who shared the overnight lead with Woods for the first time in their illustrious careers, followed up his first-day 62 with a 69 and is at 9-under.

But consecutive bogeys at his 16th and 17th holes put paid to that notion, before he birdied the par-five ninth after hoisting a five-wood second shot to the heart of the green.

Hideki Matsuyama shot a 6-under 64 to land three shots off the pace in a four-way tie for third.

Woods endured eight holes before his first birdie and didn't have many after that.

Thus, Shauffelle has started to move with the intention to win it all in the BMW Championship.

"I was in between a 3-wood and 5-wood so I cut a 3-wood in there, I thought I left it a little far right but with the course softened-up, it landed up on the high part of the hill there, it stopped pretty quickly", he said. "I hit a lot of attractive putts that were on the top of the edge, and then obviously hit a couple bad ones on the last hole, but looked like all the putts were going to in". Give these pros a course this soft and they will go to town - and so they painted it red.

"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.

Schauffele, hopeful that a victory will give USA captain Jim Furyk reason to pick him for the Ryder Cup, stayed with Rose the whole way until his lone bogey on the 18th for a 67. This past Tuesday, Tiger, Phil Mickelson, and Bryson DeChambeau earned the first three captain's picks to the 2018 U.S. Ryder Cup team.

"I know I'm capable of low scores but the calibre of players on this BMW leaderboard is so high", he said. If Schauffele - who finished 12 in qualifying - wins the BMW before the deadline, isn't he exactly who the powers-that-be were hoping to identify?

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