Hideki Matsuyama putts well in round one of the BMW Championship

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Woods added: "The fact that I challenged at Valspar earlier this year was a bit shocking considering I didn't know how much I'd play this year". That round today was easily six, seven under par.

But 42-year-old Woods bounced back with a birdie at the par-5 ninth and is confident of shooting more hot scores on day two, when tee times will be brought forward due to thunderstorms. I think with the way the conditions are, especially with the rain that's forecast, I can't see the scoring being any different.

First-day co-leaders Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy paddled in place for much of Friday, unable to replicate their blistering opening rounds at the BMW Championship in suburban Philadelphia.

He was one over through 8 before birdieing two of the next three holes to get to one under for the day and nine under for the tournament.


Tiger said: "I hit it just as good and putted it just as good". One day Tiger will put together four days of good play and win a tournament, but probably not this weekend.

"Got off to a better start than I have most of the season".

At last week's Dell Technologies Championship, Woods said he had "turned a corner" with his ball-striking in recent weeks. He then birdied No. 1 to get to 7-under, and narrowly missed a pair of birdie putts on the next two holes.

The Swede tamed the blustery conditions at Lighthouse Golf and Spa Resort, carding a five-under 66 to lead by a shot from Peter Baker and former Irish Open champion Stephen Dodd.


His form had since tailed off and he acknowledged that long-hitting Tony Finau, who also had top-10s at the USA and British Opens, was in pole position to grab the coveted spot.

But a wayward drive at the next found a fairway bunker and left him unable to reach the green in two, a mistake that led to only his second bogey of the tournament, and he responded with back-to-back birdies at 16 and 17 as he claimed the clubhouse lead on 13 under.

Hideki Matsuyama shot a 6-under 64 to land three shots off the pace in a four-way tie for third.

Northern Ireland's McIlroy was on track to better his Ryder Cup rival's round - at one point even looking likely to shoot sub-60 with a career-best six consecutive birdies - but back-to-back bogeys on the back nine scuppered his chance. "It was nice to post a good round today and we go off early tomorrow, so it'll be a quick turnaround". "And I didn't capitalize".


And while DeChambeau admits to being a "little tired", he is eager to take on the Aronimink Golf Club course which played host to the 1962 PGA Championship and more-recently the PGA Tour's 2010 and 2011 AT & T National.

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