Woods and McIlroy share lead at BMW Championship

Peter Uihlein, who only advanced to the third FedEx Cup playoff event with birdies on his last three holes on the TPC Boston last week, had a 64 to join a group that included FedEx Cup champion Justin Thomas. Woods began the year using the Cameron and did so through the U.S. Open before switching to TaylorMade's Ardmore at the Quicken Loans National in late June. "It helps a lot", Woods said.

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.

The 42-year-old American has made progress all season in his recovery from nagging back pain, leading in the final round of July's British Open before settling for a share of sixth and taking second in last month's PGA Championship.

And when he did have them, Woods didn't make them. He was the PGA Tour rookie of the year last season after winning the Tour Championship for his second PGA Tour title.

Tiger Woods is certainly having an outstanding week.

Woods, who started his day on the 10th hole, sank five birdies in addition to an eagle at the par-5 16th to shoot a 29 on his first nine holes of the week. When I got away from it, and back when I was using the Nike putter, I'd always bring it out and hit putts with it.

There were seven birdies and no bogeys on his scorecard and more than 140 feet of holed putts on his stats sheet. Woods had a few chances that didn't drop, but gave himself opportunities. He didn't hit anything longer than a 9-iron into the par 4s and didn't miss a green until his 14th hole. "It turned into even par which is not what I needed to do today". I wanted to manage it.

McIlroy and Woods, who shared the first round lead, could not maintain their torrid pace.

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.

  • Rosalie Stanley