struggles at BMW Championship
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[September 08, 2018]
Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy
came back to earth on Friday, one day after they both shot
8-under-par to tie for the lead at the BMW Championship in Newtown
Tee times for Friday's second round at the par-70 Aronimink Golf
Club were moved up with the expectation of heavy rain, but both
players failed to pick up much momentum after their stellar opening
"I didn't make any putts," Woods said Friday. "I hit a lot of
beautiful putts that were on top of the edge and then obviously hit
a couple bad ones on the last hole. But it looked like all the putts
were going to go in, but they didn't go in today. I hit it just as
good and I putted it just as good. Nothing went in. That's the way
McIlroy enters Saturday in a tie for seventh, four shots back. Woods
fell to an eight-way tie for 12th.
Woods held steady with a string of pars until a bogey on the fifth
hole Friday, but rallied for a birdie on the ninth to make the turn
at even par.
He added birdies on the 11th and 16th holes, but missed a putt from
within eight feet on No. 17 to settle for bogey.
It got even worse on the final hole, as Woods three-putted for bogey
to end the day where he started at 8-under, five off the lead.
"That round today was easily 6-, 7-under par. I turned it into
even-par, which is not what I needed to do today," Woods said.
Woods switched back this week to the Scotty Cameron putter that he
used in winning 13 of his 14 majors, but his longest made putt on
Friday was a six-footer for par on the first hole. In all, Woods
needed 33 putts in the second round after needing just 27 in the
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"Got to make birdies," Woods said. "I have to make birdies and try
and keep pace and this golf course is playing soft and getable and
tomorrow will be the same thing."
McIlroy, from Northern Ireland, had an up-and-down round with bogeys
on Nos. 8 and 12 and birdies on Nos. 6, 13 and 16 to go into the
clubhouse at 9-under for the tournament.
Reigning Rookie of the Year Xander Schauffele, who entered the day
one shot off the lead at 7 under, managed to stay steady and shoot a
64 to claim the lead at 13-under-par.
In their opening rounds, Woods and McIlroy equaled the lowest round
posted in a PGA Tour event at the course, shot by Nick Watney during
the third round in 2011. Kevin Na matched the feat with a 62 in the
second round after shooting even par on Thursday.
It was Woods' lowest round since firing a 61 in the second round of
the 2013 Bridgestone Invitational, which was his last victory.
Woods arrived at the BMW Championship ranked No. 25 in the FedEx Cup
standings. He needs to stay within the top 30 to qualify for the
Tour Championship at East Lake in Atlanta in two weeks, and a
victory at Aronimink likely would vault him to No. 2.
--Field Level Media
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