On Thursday, at the BMW Championship, Woods went out on the back nine in 29 and climbed into the lead at six-under.
The 14-time major victor Woods jumped out of the gates after teeing off the 10th hole, bagging three birdies in his first four holes before a stunning second shot from 242 yards into the par-5 16th hole.
They led by one stroke from American Xander Schauffele in the third of four playoff events on tour. He still hit 14 of 18 greens, but just didn't give himself as many chances.
"It's very simple, I just didn't make any putts", said the overnight joint-leader, who is projected to need a top-37 finish to ensure being in the 30-man field for the season finale at the Tour Championship in Atlanta.
NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. - A day of rest, an old, trusty putter in the bag and a golf ball that was seemingly flying forever Thursday helped Tiger Woods produce his best score in more than five years. Woods wound up with a one-shot lead that day and tied for seventh.
With temperatures in the upper 90s making Aronimink play short, Woods had an 8-under 62 that included a bogey on his next-to-last hole.
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"Got off to a better start than I have most of the season". He also skipped the Pro-Am due to the heatwave conditions.
Starting at the 10th hole, the world number eight took advantage of wide fairways and soft greens to race to nine-under par with four holes to go at par-70 Aronimink.
Woods hit nothing longer than a 9-iron into the par 4s.
With his shirt drenched in sweat, Woods found the left rough off the tee on the 600-yard par-5 9th but muscled a 3-wood just short of the green with his second.
Instead, he missed the fairway on his next two tee shots, took bogey from about the same spot Woods was on No. 8, and those hopes were gone. It looked like all the putts were going to go in, but they didn't go in today.
But Woods made amends with a closing birdie at the par-five ninth, where he sank a seven-foot putt.