Tiger's old putter inspires 8-under round at BMW Championship

Rickie Fowler opened with a 65 in his first tournament since the PGA Championship, and at times it felt like he was getting lapped playing alongside Woods.

It is the sixth occasion in Woods' career he's recorded nine holes in 29 or better, and on four of those five prior occasions he has gone on to win.

He was one over through 8 before birdieing two of the next three holes to get to one under for the day and nine under for the tournament.

Woods tied for 24th last week at the Dell Technologies Championship, where he had put a new TaylorMade prototype putter in play, one that looks similar to the Cameron but that has grooves on the face much like the mallet-like putter he had been using.

"I think Nike is trying to get out ahead of it and trying to do something special and I think they've done that", said the 14-time Major victor.

Former world number one Woods, now ranked 26th, dropped his approach inches from the hole at the par-4 seventh and tapped in for birdie, but missed the green and took bogey at the par-3 eighth then answered with a seven-foot birdie putt at 18.

In the second round of the 2018 BMW Championship, Kevin Na went bogey-free and finished with eight birdies to tie for 12th heading into the weekend. He also skipped the Pro-Am due to the heatwave conditions.

"I've hit hundreds of millions of putts [with the Cameron]; I've had it since '99", Woods said. I didn't want to lose too much ground.

"What was worst was just not giving myself a better chance to shoot the 59", he said. "I played a lot of golf in the last six weeks and I needed a day to recover and make sure I was fresh for today". Only six players among the 69-player field shot over par.

On 11 under, the 38-year-old is in outright second, two behind American Xander Schauffele, who would give himself a huge shout of earning the final US Ryder Cup wild card with victory at Aronimink.

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