Woods fires sizzling 29 on first nine at BMW Championship

Aronimink hosting the BMW Championship is ready for its close-up

Aronimink hosting the BMW Championship is ready for its close-up

On Thursday, at the BMW Championship, Woods went out on the back nine in 29 and climbed into the lead at six-under. It's the fifth 62 of his career and just one shot of his career-low of 61, which he has managed four times.

Tiger Woods is doing that thing he does where he gets everyone all riled up early in a tournament.

The BMW Championship is the third of the four season-ending FedEx play-offs which start with 125 eligible players.

Former BMW victor Jason Day is the leading Australian at two under and six shots back of Woods, while Cameron Smith is a further stroke behind having signed for a one-over 71. Tiger was bogey-free through nine, sinking four birdies and eagling the par-5 16th, his seventh hole of the day.

"It felt nice", Woods said of having the Scotty back in the bag. I've had it since '99 and my body just remembers it.

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From then on, it was clear Woods was feeling it on a steamy day just outside Philadelphia.

Another birdie at the first hole took Woods to eight under.

The 14-time major winner's eight-under-par 62 was his best opening round score since hitting 61 at the 1999 Byron Nelson Classic.

The 42-year-old made a confident start on the greens when he holed a 20-foot putt for birdie at the 10th, and he holed further chances at 12 and 13 before drilling a stunning 230-yard three-iron to five feet at the long 16th and converting for eagle. From there, he opted to go with putter and came up about six feet short before pouring in one final birdie.

He enters the week 25th in the FedEx Cup standings and needs to stay in the top 30 to qualify for the Tour Championship.

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