Tiger's old putter inspires 8-under round at BMW Championship

Aronimink hosting the BMW Championship is ready for its close-up

The fairway and the ninth green in front of the clubhouse at Aronimink. DAVID SWANSON Staff

Woods' first round at the tournament was his best round in 11 years.

It was Woods' lowest round since firing a 61 in the second round of the 2013 Bridgestone Invitational, which was also his last victory.

Still, but for a few narrow misses with a putter that had been so steady Thursday, Woods would've drawn close to Schauffele. Briefly, the model takes account of the current form of each golfer as well as the difficulty of their remaining holes, and probabilities are calculated from 10K simulations. It looked like all the putts were going to go in, but they didn't go in today. Only six players among the 69-player field shot over par.

A day after shooting 62 and looking like the Tiger of old with his Scotty Cameron putter back in his bag, Woods's round on Friday reminded us just how hard it is to follow up a season-best round with another low one.

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

Earlier, Woods rushed to the turn in 29 strokes, including a five-foot eagle at the par-five 16th. Two of his birdies came on the par-5s, and another at the par-4 11th where he knocked an approach shot from 95 yards to 2 feet. McIlroy relied heavily on his wedge game to make a strong bid at 59, only to make consecutive bogeys late in his round and having to settle for a 62.

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.

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.

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