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Red-hot McIlroy and Woods top BMW leaderboard

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.

"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.

Woods' lowest opening round since 1999 would have been bettered by McIlroy had the Northern Irishman not bogeyed two of his last three holes.

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.

The key to Woods' score was assured putting with the old Scotty Cameron putter he brought out of mothballs after wielding it in 13 of his 14 major victories more than a decade ago.

Tiger Woods, fresh from being named a captain's pick for this month's Ryder Cup in France, shot a six-under 29 on his first nine holes at the BMW Championship on Thursday.

This was the sixth time Woods has broken 30 through nine in his career. He was at 9 under when Woods finished, only to make consecutive bogeys and finish with a two-putt birdie for a 62. "I'm not going to say it stings too bad because I'd much rather shoot 62 today and win the golf tournament Sunday than shoot 59 today and maybe not win".

"To shoot 29 on the front nine helps".

He added another birdie on the first hole, his 10th of the day, to get to seven-under. "I lose strength and I lose power and endurance".

Moments later, McIlroy hit his tee shot at the 165-yard par-3 fifth to within three feet.

McIlroy pared his 15th but three-putted for bogey both his seventh and eighth holes before a consolation birdie at the last.

"You don't get many opportunities to break 60 and today was one of them", he said.



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