Fan frenzy as Tiger and Rory share PGA Tour lead

Arnold Nichols
September 8, 2018

Woods ended previous year ranked 656 in the world but has risen to 26 on the back of what has been a consistent and largely uninterrupted season after spinal fusion surgery. 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.

Woods and McIlroy still had to hit the shots and make the putts.

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

A woeful performance on the greens has prompted Tiger Woods to spend considerable time practicing his putting after the second round at the BMW Championship in Philadelphia. McIlroy drained an eight-foot birdie at the 18th, then holed three more putts between eight and nine feet consecutively as he made the turn.

Fourteen-time major victor Woods jumped out of the gates after teeing off the 10th hole, bagging three birdies in his first four holes before a stunning second shot from 220 metres into the par-5 16th hole. A day after making seven birdies and an eagle, he could manage just three birdies and added bogeys at the last two holes, including a three-putt on the 18th green. Keegan Bradley and Hideki Matsuyama shot 6-under 64s and Rickie Fowler, playing alongside Woods, carded another 5-under 65. He starts the weekend five shots off the lead.

It was the lowest score for Woods since he shot 61 in the second round of the 2013 Bridgestone Invitational, which he won by seven shots for his 79th title on the PGA Tour and 90th worldwide.

Woods, McIlroy and Thomas all rank in the top five on the PGA Tour in scoring average, and you know at least one of them is going to hunt down Schauffele going into Sunday, which will be a blast.

Oosthuizen is now on 729 points - 2 888 points behind FedEx Cup leader DeChambeau.

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