Tiger Woods fires opening-round 62 (8-under) at the BMW Championship

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Tiger Woods fires opening-round 62 (8-under) at the BMW Championship

Tiger Woods set pulses racing at Aronimink Golf Club on Thursday afternoon firing a sensational round of 62. Woods put his old faithful Scotty Cameron Newport 2 back in the bag for the first round of the BMW Championship, meaning he has now used different putters at the first three FedEx Cup playoff events. And boy did that decision pay off.

Beginning his round on the 10th hole, Woods knocked his approach shot to 20 feet to give him an opportunity to set the tone for the day. He duly obliged, burying the birdie putt, before adding two more birdies in his opening four holes with putts from 13 and 10 feet, respectively.

1 hole.
1 birdie.

A perfect start for at .

— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR)

Sitting at 3-under par through his opening five holes Woods then turned on the afterburners. After finding the fairway on the par-5 16th hole, Woods flushed an iron from 241 yards to within five feet of the pin for an eagle opportunity, which he nonchalantly dispatched to take sole possession of the lead.

EAGLE for .

He’s the solo leader. ????

— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR)

Woods then parred the difficult par-3 17th, before closing out his opening nine holes by draining a birdie putt after he had stuffed his approach shot from the fairway in tight. That birdie brought him to 6-under par and gave him an opening front nine of 29, which incidentally is his best nine-hole score since the 2007 Tour Championship. He won by eight shots that week.

Tiger Woods shot a 29 on the back 9 to start the BMW Championship.

It’s his lowest round on a 9 since the 2007 TOUR Championship, when he shot a 28 on the front side of the 2nd round.

Woods went on to win that week by 8 strokes.

— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo)

On the opening hole of his back nine, Woods then holed a 13-foot birdie putt to get him to 7-under par, which got everyone on 59-watch. However, the 14-time major champion then ran into a streak of pars lasting until his 16th hole where he snapped that par run with a superb approach shot from the middle of the fairway to set up a tap-in birdie which took him to 8-under par for the day.

Woods. Wedge. Wow.

Leader by 3. ????

— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR)

On his 17th hole of the day, Woods made a rare error, sailing his tee shot long and left of the green on the difficult 242-yard par-3 hole. That mistake lead to his first and only dropped shot of the day, but it was a shot that he was able to get back instantly on his final hole of the day, drilling home a birdie putt on the par-5 ninth for an eight-under par round of 62. That round of 62 is Tiger Woods’ lowest opening round on the PGA Tour since 1999.

Having come into this week battling issues with the flat-stick over his previous two events, Woods will have been delighted with his performance today with his Scotty Cameron Newport 2. Woods gained over two strokes on the field on the bentgrass greens, taking just one round to validate his decision to return to the putter that won him 13 of his 14 major championships.

Tiger Woods fires opening-round 62 (8-under) at the BMW Championship

Tiger Woods fires opening-round 62 (8-under) at the BMW Championship

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