Woods served as a vice captain in 2016 and was originally slotted for the same role this year, but Woods comeback to competitive golf has been more successful than anyone could have expected, and his inclusion among Team USA's best players was an easy call for Furyk. 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. He was the PGA Tour rookie of the year last season after winning the Tour Championship for his second PGA Tour title. "Disappointed I didn't play in the pro-am but also it was the best thing for me".
"I'm sort of in a position where I feel like a win is the only way I'd even be in consideration, " Schauffele said.
Woods and McIlroy still had to hit the shots and make the putts.
It gave Woods an eight-under score and he a share of the lead with Rory McIlroy. The third leg of the FedEx Cup Playoffs is being lit up by the world's best golfers.
Woods tied for 24th last week at the Dell Technologies Championship, where he had put a new TaylorMade prototype putter in play, one that looks similar to the Cameron but that has grooves on the face much like the mallet-like putter he had been using. "And then, on top of it, he's Tiger Woods".
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Do I wish that every single thing I did when I was 19 wasn't a discussion? On Thursday he tweeted: "I just wanna go on tour". He had allegedly wrecked his Mercedes-Benz G Class vehicle by slamming into a utility pole, and fled the scene of the crash.
"I think Nike is trying to get out ahead of it and trying to do something special and I think they've done that", said the 14-time Major victor. I couldn't get the ball to the hole and when I did I was reading too much break. 'I didn't hit as many fairways or hole as many putts'.
It didn't hurt that Woods took Wednesday off.
"That round today (could have) easily been six or seven under; it turned into even par which is not what I needed to do (when) everyone is going low and birdies should be had".
Due to the possibility of poor weather, tee times for the second round have been moved up Friday to 7-9 a.m., with Woods teeing off at 8:06 a.m.
But Woods made amends with a closing birdie at the par-five ninth, where he sank a seven-foot putt.