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.
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. A victory at Aronimink might even be enough for Jim Furyk to take the 24-year-old from San Diego as the final captain's pick for the Ryder Cup.
He was near the lead when he finished his round, but numerous other 69 players in the field-only the top 70 in the FedEx Cup standings qualified for this event-were shooting similarly impressive scores on an immaculate day for scoring.
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She's just going to ace you or play the best points on your chances. She hits a good ball. "Still long way to go, I think", she said.
"I made some great putts out there today including getting off to a better start than I have most of the season", he said.
He then missed the green at the par-three eighth and failed from 20 feet for par before bouncing back with a two-putt birdie four at the ninth. It was the only time he had more than a tap-in for par. The putt caught the lip.
Woods hit nothing longer than a 9-iron into the par 4s.
They led by one stroke from American Xander Schauffele in the third of four playoff events on tour.
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She won 59 points to just 28 for the unseeded Ukrainian, who knocked off No. 2 seed Caroline Wozniacki in the second round. On Wednesday, Osaka only needed 12 winners because a whopping 31 of her other points came via unforced errors by Tsurenko.
Cormac Sharvin, Chris Selfridge, Jonny Caldwell and Ruaidhri McGee were a shot outside the cut mark after level-par 71s with Paul McBride tied 133rd after a 74.
Jordan Spieth couldn't keep it in play off the tee and didn't get under par until his 15th hole. A birdie at 18 saw him turn in six-under 29, the first time he's broken 30 for nine holes on the PGA Tour since 2007.
When he was 9-under with four holes left - the last one a par 5 - he started thinking about breaking 60.
He will enter Friday's second round tied for the lead with Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy, who posted his own 8-under 62 a few groups behind Woods. "I'm not going to say it stings too bad because I'd much rather shoot 62 today and win the golf tournament Sunday than shoot 59 today and maybe not win".
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Democrats will try to corner Kavanaugh on how he would rule on cases involving abortion access and the Affordable Care Act. The court begins its next term in October. "I do not decide cases based on personal or policy preferences".