Tiger Woods & Rory McIlroy share lead in Philadelphia — BMW Championship

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Woods entered the week 25th in the FedEx Cup points standings, meaning he needed to put forward a solid week to remain in the top 30 and qualify for the Tour Championship for the first time since 2013.

Northern Ireland's McIlroy briefly threatened to dislodge Woods before equalling the American's score.

"Just the way it goes", Woods said with a smile, caring more about a complete round of golf and a strong performance with his old putter than whether he was leading after one round in the FedEx Cup playoffs.

McIlroy had been a shot clear of Woods at nine-under par after 15 holes when Woods headed for the clubhouse.

The man in the box seat for the last ticket to Paris remains the equally impressive Tony Finau, who matched his rival's 64 on Friday to lie five off the lead and continue his wonderful form this season, including three top 10s in the four majors and two top-four finishes heading into this event.

The two-time FedEx Cup victor added two more birdies to his card on the back nine, but a costly lip-out bogey on No. 17 and a three-putt on the 18th pushed him back to even par for the day. He came to the 18th hole looking up at Woods on the leaderboard, but vaulted into first place by reeling off six consecutive birdies to get to 9-under for the tournament.

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The birdies started flowing on the first hole and kept rolling throughout the day.

"I've got to make birdies", Woods said.

Woods managed an eagle and seven birdies and his only hiccup being a late bogey on his back nine at the Aronimink Golf Course in Philadelphia. But he quickly ran off birdies at 13, sticking his approach inside 5 feet, and 16 to get back under par for the day.

Jordan Spieth, the third member of the star-studded group, was even through 11 holes.

Woods was posing on his tee shot at the par-3 fifth, the sun glaring into him, and he couldn't figure out immediately where it went.

"The heat is hard for me because I lose so much weight out here", said Woods.

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