Tiger went back to the old reliable putter and lit up Aronimink shooting an opening-round 62. Tiger got off a hot start teeing off on the 10th hole, making five birdies and an eagle in his first ten holes. Woods’ stellar start puts him in a tie for the lead with Rory McIlroy, who was equally sensational on Thursday. Full scores
Finally, what we have been waiting for happened, all facets of Tiger's game clicked. On Thursday, Woods ranked 2nd in SG: Approach, 6th in Putting and in the top 22 in both Driving and Around the green. Tiger, for at least one round, was the mid-2000s Tiger we have been longing to see.
Hear him Roar
Rory McIlroy's stellar round came in the wake of Tiger mania. After 15 holes, Rory was -9 and looked primed to break 60, but a bogey on the 7th (his 16th) led him to settle for an 8-under 62. McIlroy's putting and short-iron play stood out on Thursday, two aspects that have held him back the last few years. He also hit every drive over 317 yards, so that didn't hurt.
One shot back of golf's two biggest superstars is last year's Rookie of the Year, Xander Schauffele. A win from Schauffele would be worst-case scenario for Ryder Cup Captain Jim Furyk.
ustin Thomas headlines the group of Billy Horschel and Peter Uihlein at -6. Thomas is looking to join Tiger Woods as the only players with two FedExCup wins.
In his first start since the PGA Championship, Rickie Fowler shot a 5-under 66. Fowler will need a strong week to hang onto his spot in the top 30.
The last time the Tour played at Aronimink, Justin Rose snagged the win. He opened with a 67. Besides his win at Aronimink, Rose also captured his only major, the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion.
The Shotgun Start - Tiger, Rory and Gil
Episode two of the Shotgun Start is live! In this episode, Brendan Porath and I talk Tiger and Rory, and we also interview Gil Hanse. Listen to the Shotgun Start on iTunes, Stitcher or the website, and be sure to subscribe to never miss an episode.
The latest from Sand Valley
Big news out of Sand Valley with the resort announcing that Tom Doak will design the next course. The planned project will be a unique one with Doak designing a shorter course with par around 68. Read more about the project and commentary from Tom Doak here.