Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy off to torrid start at Aronimink

Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy off to torrid start at Aronimink

Justin Rose will take a one-shot lead into the final round of the BMW Championship in Newtown Square, Pa., after shooting a 6-under 64 on Saturday.

Last year's Tour Championship victor Xander Schauffele shot a three-under 67 to finish tied with McIlroy at 16 under.

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.

Damp fairways and greens at Aronimink Golf Club presented endless birdie opportunities, but former world No.1 Day's lacklustre two-under-par 68 left him at 11 under and six shots back of the lead.

The 24-year-old American opened with four birdies in his first seven holes at Aronimink and stood on 13-under 127 after 36 holes in the final playoff event before the season-ending Tour Championship. England's Justin Rose is in second at 11-under.

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Leishman is now projected to need at least a tie for 38th to remain inside the top 30 on the FedEx standings who advance to the Tour Championship finale. "I said to my caddie, 'How about tomorrow?' Just got to get through today".

He finally broke the par streak with a birdie on the 14th and added another on No. 16, going on to card a bogey-free round and sit at 12-under for the event. "Looked like all the putts were going to go in but they didn't go in today". He had to make a fourth on Monday and Schauffele is hoping to get that. Woods remain to be in contention for the title but he has to cut the deficit in today's round.

Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk had an easy time deciding on three of his four picks for the Ryder Cup. Starting times were moved up four hours because of a forecast for more rain. Furyk used three of his picks Tuesday night on Bryson DeChambeau, Phil Mickelson and Woods - Nos.

While McIlroy finished joint runner-up in this year's Open Championship, it's been too long since the golfer affectionately known as "Rors" did some serious roaring.

Tony Finau is regarded the leading candidate, and he did nothing to hurt his chances. "Just the way it goes".

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