Rory McIlroy goes on epic birdie streak at the BMW Championship

Tiger Woods off to insane start with season on the line

Tiger Woods reflected on a frustrating day on the greens after he slipped five shots off the lead following a second-round 70 at the BMW Championship.

Woods, who started his day on the 10th hole, sank five birdies in addition to an eagle at the par-5 16th to shoot a 29 on his first nine holes of the week.

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.

After struggling with his putting during the first two legs of the FedEx Cup Playoffs, Woods returned to the Scotty Cameron putter he used in winning 13 of his 14 major titles. He managed to hit 14 of 18 greens in regulation, but Woods had a more hard time getting approaches close to the hole than he did Thursday.

It was just the fourth time in 17 tournaments in 2018 that Woods opened with a round under par.

McIlroy matched him but still left the course feeling a twinge of what might have been, for he actually had a golden opportunity to become the first European to shoot 59 on either of the game's two main circuits.

"The heat is hard for me because I lose so much weight out here", said Woods.

Woods has shot 61 four times on the PGA Tour, most recently at the 2013 Bridgestone Invitational which he won for his 79th career victory on tour, but he is still stuck on that mark.

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"As soft as the golf course was, they had a lot of back pins and I couldn't get back there, couldn't skip the ball back there".

Woods couldn't get a pair of decent birdie looks to drop at Nos.

With tee times moved up (due to impending bad weather) and players in cooler conditions, it was a different day Friday at Aronimink.

"You definitely could do it today", said Woods, who hit 12 tee shots that traveled at least 300 yards.

Two-time major victor John Daly had five birdies, two double bogeys and two triple bogeys in shooting a 7-over 77.

Instead, he missed the fairway on his next two tee shots, took bogey from about the same spot Woods was on No. 8, and those hopes were gone.

"I made a few putts today, right out of the gate at 10 and 11", Woods said.

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