Tiger Woods Takes the Lead at the BMW Championship

Tiger Woods Takes the Lead at the BMW Championship

Tiger Woods Takes the Lead at the BMW Championship

All it got him at the BMW Championship was a tie for the lead Thursday with Rory McIlroy.

McIlroy plodded to a 69 to fall four strokes behind, while Woods (70) bogeyed the final two holes to slip five back. I'm not sure it was purposeful, but it seemed like some of the best golfers playing Aronimink on Friday - like Woods and McIlroy - really struggled to get a feel for what it was doing or how to solve its speed.

Locked in: Tiger Woods is in a share of the lead after the first round of the BMW Championship.

However there was to be no repeat of that scintillating form in his second round, a birdie on the sixth followed by a bogey on the eighth sending the four-time major victor out in even par on the opening nine as his rivals at the top of the leaderboard began to pass him by.

"The heat is hard for me because I lose so much weight out here", said Woods.

Tiger Woods make a fine start to the PGA Tour's BMW Championship in Pennsylvania.

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. He had a look at birdie on No. 18, but his 20-footer was on-line but short.

The British Open runner-up posted a 13-under 127 total, while consistent Englishman Justin Rose shot 63 to roar into second place on 11-under. They were joined at 10-under by Alex Noren, whose 66 Friday ended with a dramatic chip-in eagle at No. 9, his 18th hole.

American Xander Schauffele sits one shot behind the pair.

"I made some great putts out there today including getting off to a better start than I have most of the season", he said.

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. It's his lowest round in competition since shooting 61 in the second round of the 2013 Bridgestone Invitational. He has steadily climbed the world rankings in his most recent return from back problems.

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