The previous world No. 1 reached eight beneath with seven birdies and an eagle for his lowest opening-round rating since a 61 on the Bryon Nelson Basic in 1999.
It was a way for Woods to justify — if he nonetheless wanted to — captain Jim Furyk’s determination earlier this week to incorporate him as a wildcard for the USA’s Ryder Cup crew.
His performances this season, which have included a short lead within the ultimate spherical of the Open Championship in July, have catapulted Woods as much as 26th on the earth rankings, a leap of greater than 600 locations for the reason that finish of final yr as he recovered from backbone fusion surgical procedure.
Woods stated a lot of Thursday’s success was right down to him dusting off the 19-year-old putter he used for 13 of his 14 main wins.
“I have been monkeying round with it at house within the again yard by the summer time,” the 42-year-old informed reporters. “It simply by no means felt proper, but it surely feels good now. I’ve hit tons of of thousands and thousands of putts with that factor.
“I’ve had it since 1999. My physique simply remembers it. It simply feels very acquainted to me.”
Northern Eire’s McIlroy was on monitor to raised his Ryder Cup rival’s spherical — at one level even wanting prone to shoot sub-60 with a career-best six consecutive birdies — however back-to-back bogeys on the again 9 scuppered his likelihood.
It was actually a day for low scoring as American Xander Schauffele, in competition to be Furyk’s fourth and ultimate wildcard decide Monday, shot a seven-under-par 63 to take a seat in third.
Ryder Cup rivals Justin Thomas of America and Sweden’s Alex Noren have been tied on six beneath alongside Billy Horschel and Peter Uihlein.
In whole, 48 of the 69 gamers within the subject have been beneath par after the opening spherical.
“All of us profit from Tiger Woods taking part in effectively,” McIlroy stated after the spherical. “I am completely satisfied he is up there. And it will likely be an awesome match if he stays up there.”
The BMW Championship is the third of 4 season-ending tournaments which make up the FedEx Cup, with Bryson DeChambeau successful the primary two.
The highest 30 within the standings after the Sunday’s ultimate spherical at Aronimink Golf Membership will contest the Tour Championship at East Lake, Atlanta beginning September 20.
The general winner of the FedEx Cup will obtain a $10 million bonus, whereas the Tour Championship carries a primary prize of $1.62 million.