Woods follows brilliance with even-par Round 2 at BMW Championship

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

Woods implored himself to hole more putts with forecasted Friday night storms expected to further soften conditions at Aronimink.

This weekend at the BMW Championship at Aronimink GC in Newtown Square, Pa., Tiger Woods set the course ablaze.

The pair lead American ace Xander Schauffele (through 17 holes) by one shot, while Billy Horschel and Peter Uihlein (both 64) share fourth at six under.

The BMW Championship is the third of four events in the FedExCup Playoffs and determines the final field of 30 for the TOUR Championship.

"I've been monkeying around with it at home in the backyard through the summer". And as of right now", he said, pausing to smile, "I'm one back.

"I know the release point and I know how it swings and my body morphs into a position where it understands where it needs to be to release the putter, because I've hit hundreds of millions of putts with that thing".

It has been more than five years since Woods last won on the PGA Tour, despite multiple chances where he's been in contention this season.

McIlroy threatened to steal the headlines from Woods. He was 1-over after eight and made his first birdie of the day on No. 9.




He was near the lead when he finished his round, but numerous other 69 players in the field-only the top 70 in the FedEx Cup standings qualified for this event-were shooting similarly impressive scores on an immaculate day for scoring.

"Everything was firing today". In comparison, Woods had four birdies and an eagle at the turn during Thursday's theatrics.

"It was one of those days where it was out there", McIlroy said.

"To shoot 29 on the front nine helps".

Another birdie at the first hole, his 10th, took Woods to seven under.

With his shirt drenched in sweat, Woods found the left rough off the tee on the 600-yard par-5 9th but muscled a 3-wood just short of the green with his second. But he quickly ran off birdies at 13, sticking his approach inside 5 feet, and 16 to get back under par for the day.

Woods ended a year ago 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.

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