Rory McIlroy goes on epic birdie streak at the BMW Championship

Tiger Tracker Tiger Woods tied for lead at BMW after hot start			Cliff Hawkins  Getty Images

Xander Schauffele is making the last one a little more hard.

Woods came out firing at Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, with an opening nine 29, the second-lowest score through nine holes of his entire career.

"I'm not going to say it stings too bad because I'd much rather shoot 62 today and win the golf tournament Sunday than shoot 59 today and maybe not win". Woods had finished his round with a share of the lead, but slipped one stroke behind seconds later after the Northern Irishman's sixth consecutive birdie.

McIlroy had a one-under 69 for a nine-under total, one shot ahead of 14-time major victor Woods, who looked furious with himself after he bogeyed his final two holes in a level-par 70. Tommy Fleetwood is one shot behind Woods after hitting eight birdies for an eight-under-par round of 62 to charge up the leaderboard.

Hideki Matsuyama, who started the FedExCup Playoffs at No. 76, had a 64 and was in a group three shots behind that included Keegan Bradley, Alex Noren and Rickie Fowler. Dustin Johnson enters as the favorite at 9-1, while former champion Justin Rose is close behind at 12-1 BMW Championship odds.

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Schauffele, the British Open and Players Championship runner-up, improved his case for being given the final captain's pick for the American squad in the Ryder Cup showdown against Europe at the end of the month in France. If the rain is relentless, there's a chance of a 54-hole tournament, which has happened only once in the 11 years of the FedEx Cup playoffs.

"You don't get many opportunities to break 60 and today was one of them", he said. "Right out of the gate at 10, 11".

Yet two-time FedEx Cup champion and BMW Championship victor Woods gave back two shots on his last two holes to shoot an even-par 70, leaving him eight-under after 36 holes, with McIlroy a shot better off after signing for a 69. "I've been hitting well enough to make good scores, I just haven't been making putts", he told Sky Sports. But Adam Scott, who needs to finish in the top-six this week to get to Atlanta, carded a 68 and is tied-66, needing a big weekend. "Winning two in a row is a lot more than I thought it would be mentally and physically".

"My approach play, my wedge play has been much better, and I putted well".

Chase Koepka, the younger brother of U.S. Open and PGA Championship victor Brooks Koepka, shot 65.

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