BMW Championship: How to watch Tiger Woods' opening round on Thursday

Ross Houston
August 18, 2019

The top 30 after this week advance to the Tour Championship, where there will be a staggered start based on par for the final event.

The Australian made five birdies and an eagle in his opening 67, five-under par, to be two shots from the lead and inside the top 10.

Woods is tied with several good players like Bryson DeChambeau and Tommy Fleetwood as most players posted solid numbers in the second tournament of the FedEx Cup Playoffs.

McDowell was 64th leading into this week's event but McIlroy, at third, in looking for a big advantage over the field going into the season's climax.

Tiger Woods had a poor day, though, and finished six off the pace on the course on the outskirts of Chicago.

"I didn't have anything on the range, but I found it once I got to the golf course", said Kokrak, who has six pro victories, but none on the PGA Tour. The result was a promising four-under-par score on the front nine, during which he also got in extra chips and putts in front of adviser Matt Killen. "I just need reps and I haven t had a lot of reps".

"It was nice to take those days off and I had to just let it calm down and get a bunch of treatment on it, and it feels so much better", Woods said.

Woods has tasted success before at Medinah, capturing the 1999 and 2006 PGA Championships on the course as well as five BMW Championships at nearby Cog Hill. "My dad [caddie Jimmy Johnson] and I just kind of said that we were going to have to guess out there and just try to find something". I didn't know how I was going to hit it.

That barren run of play has seen Woods fall from a near shoe-in to a longshot to make the Presidents Cup team, which he will captain at Royal Melbourne in December.

Woods had never previously reported any oblique issues - they are muscles in the abdominal area and are responsible for core control and rotation - but he has said on numerous occasions that although his spine is fused, the "force has to go somewhere" and that it leads to some other issues he has experienced.

"It probably had the worst warm-up of my life, so I had no expectations, which might have been a good thing", said Thomas, who seems to be back on top of his game after missing time because of a right wrist injury earlier this year.

Among those with plenty of work to do are Jordan Spieth, Phil Mickelson and Ian Poulter, who has never been to the Tour Championship since the FedEx Cup playoffs began in 2007.

Although Scott has not won an event anywhere in almost three years, he has twice been runner-up in 2019 and appears to be peaking at just the right time given the looming riches of the Fed Ex Cup Playoffs. "I didn t play the par-5s well".

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