Tiger Woods endures tough day on the greens at BMW Championship

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Playing the back nine first, the Northern Irishman made six straight birdies from his ninth hole, the 18th, to go nine under and raise the possibility of shooting 59.

Woods gave back two shots on his last two holes to shoot an even-par 70, and sits at 8-under after 36 holes.

Woods, who opened the tournament with a blistering 6-under 29 on his first nine, managed only a birdie and a bogey on the front nine Friday to make the turn at even on the day but finally got into red numbers with a birdie on the 11th, dropping a wedge to 3 feet on the 408-yard par-4.

Eventually, there was going to be a day when Tiger Woods hit his fairways, was dialed in with his irons and holed the mid-length putts necessary to shoot a low-low round.

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. He opened with a 20-foot birdie putt at No. 10, shot 29 on the back nine, and then rolled in a 15-foot birdie putt on No. 1 to reach 7 under through 10 holes.

The 14-time major victor Woods and McIlroy have a one-stroke lead after both shot eight-under 62 which marked the American's best PGA first round since the 1999 Byron Nelson Classic.

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This is the first time Woods has shared a PGA Tour lead after any round since capturing the 2013 WGC-Cadillac Championship.

His only bogey came at the par-three eighth, where he misjudged his tee shot and sent an eight-iron over the back into punishing rough.

"I've got to make birdies", Woods said.

Woods and McIlroy still had to hit the shots and make the putts. Rory McIlroy did not play particularly well on Friday after almost torching the course to the ground on Thursday in the first round. The crowd was much thinner for McIlroy, but those fans saw quite a show.

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

"I made some great putts out there today including getting off to a better start than I have most of the season", he said. "And I didn't capitalize".

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