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.
"That round today was easily six or seven under par, and it turned into even par which is not what I needed to do today. 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". "Everyone is going low and birdies should be had". Rickie Fowler opened with a 65 in his first tournament since the PGA Championship, and at times it felt like he was getting lapped playing alongside Woods.
But Woods made amends with a closing birdie at the par-five ninth, where he sank a seven-foot putt.
The wide fairways and temperatures in the 90s that allowed the golf ball to seemingly fly forever made for such low scoring that 48 players in the 69-man field broke par.
He was near the lead when he finished his round, but numerous other 69 players in the field-only the top 70 in the FedEx Cup standings qualified for this event-were shooting similarly impressive scores on an immaculate day for scoring.
"I've hit hundreds of millions of putts [with the Cameron]; I've had it since '99", Woods said. "But nothing went in".
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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. He still hit 14 of 18 greens, but just didn't give himself as many chances.
Woods did that, but you still have to make the putts - something that was not happening for him of late.
Moments later, McIlroy hit his tee shot at the 165-yard par-3 fifth to within three feet. He took 33 putts for the round.
"If someone had given me a 62 on the first tee this morning I would have taken it", McIlroy said.
"Got off to a better start than I have most of the season". A slow and wet course got even slower and wetter on Friday, and golfers were spinning approach shots completely off of greens.