Tiger Woods off to insane start with season on the line

Tiger Woods off to insane start with season on the line

Tiger Woods off to insane start with season on the line

And the PGA Championship runner-up continued his good form with an eight-under-par 62, which was later matched by Ryder Cup rival Rory McIlroy.

Woods had struggled on Thursdays at events this year - in 14 tournaments, he was an aggregate two over for the first round and 66 under for the other 54 holes - but he put that right in some style with his course record-equalling score.

Rickie Fowler is in a four-man group on five under on his first appearance of the FedEx Cup play-offs.

Moments later, McIlroy hit his tee shot at the 165-yard par-3 fifth to within three feet. It looked like all the putts were going to go in, but they didn't go in today.

"Sometimes if a major season doesn't go your way and you haven't done what you wanted to do, it's just a bit of a reset, let's go again, reassess your goals", McIlroy said. He used that putter to contend at both The Open and the PGA Championship, where he shot a final-round 64. "I've hit putts with it". "My body remembered how it felt, how it swings". "I have to make birdies and try and keep pace and this golf course is playing soft and tomorrow will be the same thing". "Sometimes it works but it just feels very familiar to me". Woods had a few chances that didn't drop, but gave himself opportunities.

He finally missed a green on his 14th hole.

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It didn't hurt that Woods took Wednesday off.

After a 15-minute wait on the tee at the difficult par-3 No. 8-a 246-yarder that has played as the third-hardest par 3 on the PGA Tour since 2011-Woods tugged a 4-iron long and left, leading to an awkward chip and, eventually, his first bogey of the day.

"It was one of those days where it was out there", McIlroy said.

"That round today was easily six or seven under par, and it turned into even par which is not what I needed to do today". I wanted to manage it. He also skipped the Pro-Am due to the heatwave conditions.

"I've been monkeying around with it back home and in the backyard", Woods said of his decision to go back to his favourite putter.

Due to the possibility of poor weather, tee times for the second round have been moved up Friday to 7-9 a.m., with Woods teeing off at 8:06 a.m.

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