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

"It was nice to make one like that up the hill to get things going", Woods told Golf Channel after the round.

It was an opportunity lost for Woods, who began the day tied for the lead with Rory McIlroy but dropped back to a tie for 11th, five shots back of Xander Schauffele, after bogeying the last two holes. Woods made his third birdie of the day on the par-5 16th after hitting a fairway wood from a divot in the fairway onto the green with his second, but finished with back-to-back bogeys-including a three-putt on 18-to increase his deficit to Schauffele.

A woeful performance on the greens has prompted Tiger Woods to spend considerable time practicing his putting after the second round at the BMW Championship in Philadelphia.

"It's very simple, I just didn't make any putts", said the overnight joint-leader, who is projected to need a top-37 finish to ensure being in the 30-man field for the season finale at the Tour Championship in Atlanta. Woods went back to his trusty putter that helped him win 13 of his 14 majors and the move paid off big time.

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

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

McIlroy credited his score to improved wedge play.

McIlroy pared his 15th but three-putted for bogey both his seventh and eighth holes before a consolation birdie at the last.

His season's best round at Aronimink Golf Club came in the week he returned to the United States Ryder Cup team after a six-year gap in which he has battled injury and personal issues.

"That round today (could have) easily been six or seven under; it turned into even par which is not what I needed to do (when) everyone is going low and birdies should be had".

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