Woods cards 62 in first round of BMW Championship

So, when you're not chipping much or hitting shots out of the bunkers or green sides, which I'm normally doing, it definitely makes it a little bit tougher, " he said.

"I feel like I do", Schauffele, who carded a seven-under-par 63 to trail leaders Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy by one stroke on Thursday, told Golf Channel when asked whether he thought he needed to win at Aronimink to earn the nod from Furyk.

McIlroy and Woods, who shared the first round lead, could not maintain their opening pace.

Ryder Cup rivals Woods and McIlroy held the overnight advantage after opening rounds of 62, but the American finished the day five shots off the lead as successive bogeys on the closing holes - including three putts at the last - proved costly.

Woods also had a disappointing second day and slipped five shots off the lead to tied 12th after a level-par 70. Finau made seven birdies in his round of 64 and goes into the final 36 holes at Aronimink just five shots behind. Surprisingly, Schauffele now has a 2-stroke advantage over his nearest competitor Justin Rose.

The BMW Championship is the second last event of the $US67 million ($A93 million) play-offs series and decides the top 30 on the FedExCup standings who advance to the Tour Championship finale.

"I had two good chances the first two holes and didn't make them".

Jason Day has recaptured his early-season form to move into contention in the BMW Championship in Philadelphia, but one of the four Australians is under pressure to keep their season going. His only bogey came at the par-3 eighth, by far the most hard pin on the course.

On in two on the 556-yard par-5 16th, Woods' eagle putt from some 30 feet was off-line but he cleaned it up for birdie get to red double digits for the tournament but then immediately gave two shots back, going bogey-bogey at 17 and 18.

As for Woods, he's still looking like a safe bet to make it to East Lake.

"I hit the ball well enough to shoot a low score and I got off to a quick start", Woods said. I didn't want to lose too much ground. For someone like Bradley, getting to the Tour Championship would get him into all four majors next year.

The PGA Tour is off next week.

Chase Koepka, the younger brother of U.S. Open and PGA Championship victor Brooks Koepka, shot 65.

  • Stacy Allen