Tiger Woods off to insane start with season on the line

Jordan Spieth ‘very positive’ entering BMW Championship at Aronimink

They had a one-shot lead over Xander Schauffele.

"It's been something I've been struggling with all year and it's been much better the last couple of weeks", he said.

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.

Woods gave back two shots on his last two holes to shoot an even-par 70, and sits at 8-under after 36 holes.

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

Australia's Dimitrios Papadatos leads by four shots on 16-under par thanks to a second successive, eight-under 63 with Sharvin tied 29th on five-under after a 66 and Galbraith three-under after a 70.

The BMW Championship is the second last event of the $US67 million ($A93 million) play-offs series and decides the top 30 on the FedExCup standings who advance to the Tour Championship finale.

Both Woods and McIlroy faded Friday.

Schauffele narrowly missed out on an automatic spot in Jim Furyk's United States Ryder Cup team but could earn the fourth and final wildcard pick with a strong performance this weekend.

Woods had not fired a better opening round in a PGA event since a 61 at the 1999 Byron Nelson Classic. "Right out of the gate at 10, 11".

Woods, who was this week named as a wild card pick for the Ryder Cup, said on pgatour.com: "I hit it just as good and putt it just as good". He needs to be at East Lake to reach 25. "But they didn't go in today". He once again found the fairway with a 314-yard drive and hit another solid wedge to just over 13 feet for his second. He came to the 18th hole looking up at Woods on the leaderboard, but vaulted into first place by reeling off six consecutive birdies to get to 9-under for the tournament.

"Still have a good chance tomorrow", Schauffele said.

Welcome to the official YouTube channel of the PGA TOUR. I think if we do play, the problem might be ball in hand everywhere through the entire way - through the green. For someone like Bradley, getting to the Tour Championship would get him into all four majors next year.

Through all the sweat, through all the birdies, they managed to give Philadelphia fans a reason to cheer for golf in the hours before the Super Bowl champion Eagles opened the National Football League season Thursday night against Atlanta.

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