Tiger Woods off to insane start with season on the line

Doug Mendoza
September 7, 2018

Fowler and Spieth (-3) will spend the day with Woods in a tremendous trio that is set to tee off around 8 a.m. ET and will surely be a focal point of the action.

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. For Europe, Justin Rose, Henrik Stenson and Alex Noren shot 66s, while man of the moment Bryson DeChambeau shot 67. McIlroy relied heavily on his wedge game to make a strong bid at 59, only to make consecutive bogeys late in his round and settle for a 62.

McIlroy finished with 10 birdies, and looking back to his final nine holes at the Pro Am on Wednesday, the No. 8 player in the world made 17 birdies in an 18-hole span.

"I saw some really good signs last week in Boston and I'm continuing to see good signs this week". I'm not going to say it stings too bad because I'd much rather shoot 62 today and win the golf tournament Sunday. The four-time Major victor made six straight birdies from his ninth hole to go nine under and raise the possibility of shooting 59.

"Everything was firing today".

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McIlroy had been a shot clear of Woods at nine-under par after 15 holes when Woods headed for the clubhouse. And as of right now", he said, pausing to smile, "I'm one back.

Another birdie at the first hole, his 10th, took Woods to seven under. "Shooting 29 on the front nine helps".

His only bogey came at the par-three eighth, where he misjudged his tee shot and sent an eight-iron over the back into punishing rough.

Woods moved to seven-under par with a birdie at his 10th hole.

"Just the way it goes", Woods said with a smile, caring more about a complete round of golf and a strong performance with his old putter than whether he was leading after one round in the FedEx Cup playoffs.

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