BMW Championship: Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell shoot 69 at Medinah

Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods

Some five hours later, he had a share of the course record at Medinah.

When his day ended he sat six shots back of Justin Thomas and Jason Kokrak who are tied for first at 7 under.

Tiger Woods (No. 38), the only two-time FedEx Cup champion (2007 and 2009), posted a second straight 71 and is in a tie for 48th that includes Dustin Johnson (No. 10), who had a 72, while U.S. Open champion Gary Woodland (No. 9) is tied for 58th after a 73, and 2014 FedEx Cup victor Billy Horschel (No. 39) also totaled 73 and is tied for 63rd.

The bad news was despite some promising signs, Woods' 71 was nowhere near the score needed to put him in position to advance to next week's Tour Championship.

Scott's hot result last week, the opening event of the FedEx Cup play-offs, booked him a spot at the Tour Championship finale next week.

He also said he was going to get treatment on his back at Medinah and would not hit any golf balls. No matter his intent to play, it's the day-to-day unknown that leaves his start in the BMW Championship in question.

"I've had that happen plenty of times, just not quite that extreme".

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"I didn t feel any tightness in my oblique at all", Woods said. "I'm trying to make changes in my swing and it's just not quite there, and so it's just one of those things". A year ago, Rose lost a playoff in the BMW Championship, but his 2-P2-T4 in his last three starts was good enough to win the FedExCup. He hits 64% of the fairways he takes aim at which might not seem like a great statistic, but compared to the rest of the field, he is significantly more accurate.

Matsuyama birdied five of his opening nine holes and closed the day by gaining back-to-back shots as he improved to 12 under at the halfway stage, ahead of American pair Patrick Cantlay (67) and Tony Finau (66).

"I want to be 10 under par standing on that first tee in Atlanta next week so I know that I want to get to No 1 and I need to win". I obviously have some work to do. The FedEx Cup playoffs do not consist of any average tournaments. I think it would be way harder if you're in a spot where you have to finish like 30th to get into East Lake.

"I'm looking forward to the weekend".

The tournament will be televised on Golf Channel and NBC.

"I was sitting on the plane, tied 30th, delighted to go to East Lake, and then being told the plane is going somewhere else, " Poulter said.

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