BMW Championship: Woods, McIlroy tied at 8 under

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Tiger Woods fired his lowest opening round in almost 20 years to join Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy at the top of the leaderboard at the BMW Championship on Thursday.

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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"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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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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