As if the appetite wasn't whetted enough for the forthcoming Ryder Cup, Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy both opened up with fabulous rounds of 62 in the third FedEx Cup play-off event, the BMW Championship, last night. It's the fifth 62 of his career and just one shot of his career-low of 61, which he has managed four times.
Woods made a sublime start, producing four birdies and an eagle over his first nine holes.
Former BMW victor Jason Day is the leading Australian at two under and six shots back of Woods, while Cameron Smith is a further stroke behind having signed for a one-over 71.
Woods was also pleased to see an improvement in his driving, and he added: "My speed, my rotation, so many different things that have evolved throughout the year and have got better".More news: US Open 2018: Japanese Nishikori, Osaka make history
Cape Town - Louis Oosthuizen is South Africa's lone ranger at the penultimate event of the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup events - the BMW Championship. "It helps a lot", Woods said. "I was just letting it rip on the greens".
The 42-year-old Woods landed seven birdies and an eagle in an impressive first round performance. It was the only time he had more than a tap-in for par. From there, he opted to go with putter and came up about six feet short before pouring in one final birdie.
Woods entered the tournament ranked 25th in the FedEx Cup standings and needs to stay in the top 30 to be eligible for the Tour Championship. Thursday's round will shift his focus from that goal to another: notching his 80th PGA Tour victory and first since 2013.