Tiger Tracker: Tiger fires 65, McIlroy a 64

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CARMEL, Ind. – This is what everyone thought that the Tiger Woods-Rory McIlroy "rivalry" should look like.

The No. 1- and No. 2-ranked players in the world were paired together on Thursday at the BMW Championship and managed to go a combined 15 under, with McIlroy holding a share of the lead at 8 under and Woods holing a dramatic birdie on his final hole - the par-5 ninth - to get into the clubhouse at 7 under.

McIlroy is tied with Webb Simpson, Graham DeLaet and Bo Van Pelt for the lead.

See how it all unfolded:

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No. 9, par 5, 530 yards

From our Bradley S. Klein at No. 9: There’s a huge bunker on the inside left of this dogleg that now requires a 305-yard carry to the sweet spot in the fairway. From there, the shot into the green of 200-plus yards has to thread a chute of trees and hold one of the smaller putting surfaces on the course.

Off the tee: McIlroy rips a driver that carries through the fairway and finds the right intermediate cut, leaving himself just under 250 yards into the green. Tiger takes the same route, but will be about 20 yards further into the green.

Approach shot: After a long wait in the fairway, Tiger uses fairway wood from 275 yards and finds the rough on the left side of the green, leaving himself a difficult up-and-down for birdie. McIlroy also goes for it, but finds the rough to the right and he'll have an interesting uphill stance.

Around the green: McIlroy plays a great chip across the green to about 6 feet for birdie. Tiger doesn't get enough of the ball out of the rough and catches the fringe. But Tiger puts in his fourth shot from off the green to end his round on a very high note, getting to within a shot of the lead held by Bo Van Pelt and Webb Simpson.

On the green: Well, make that Rory McIlroy, Bo Van Pelt and Webb Simpson, as McIlroy completes a nice up-and-down for birdie to jump into a share of the lead.

ON THE DAY: Tiger, 7 under; McIlroy, 8 under

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No. 8, par 4, 456 yards

From our Bradley S. Klein on No. 8: Here, it’s a right-to-left tee shot to a green with a bunker on the right and the surface tipped down to the water on the left. It actually sets up best for a perfectly controlled high fade – another example of how Crooked Stick demands you play both ways. More than any other hole on the course, the shift in structure makes you feel unsettled.

Off the tee: With fairway wood, a bit of a sloppy swing from Tiger here, as it pushes right and finds the long rough for the second consecutive hole. He has hit only 7 of 12 fairways. McIlroy splits the fairway.

• Approach shot: This is a dangerous shot with water to the left and 170 yards into the green, Tiger knicks the flagstick and it runs about 30 feet past. He was walking with it after impact, knowing it was tracking right at the hole. McIlroy has about 130 yards to the flag and he plays a great shot to about 4 feet to the left of the cup.

On the green: Tiger doesn't put enough pace on his birdie putt and leaves it 3 feet short, but puts that in. McIlroy moves to 7 under with a short birdie at the 8th.

ON THE DAY: Tiger, 6 under; McIlroy, 7 under

Elsewhere on the course: Webb Simpson has moved into the lead with back-to-back birdies at Nos. 15 and 16 to get to 8 under, one ahead of Bo Van Pelt.

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No. 7, par 4, 454 yards

From our Bradley S. Klein on No. 7: Here’s the lull before the storm. Pretty straightforward, a left-to-right drive past an inconsequential fairway bunker on the right followed by a right-to-left middle iron to a fall-away green.

Off the tee: Tiger takes driver and it pushes a bit too far right and finds the 4-inch rough. Meanwhile, McIlroy splits the fairway.

Approach shot: Both McIlroy and Tiger are just over 160 yards away from the middle-left pin, with McIlroy flaring out to the right and finding the green, but leaving himself 50 feet. Tiger plays a nice shot out of the long stuff and will have about 18 for birdie.

On the green: Just looking for a solid two-putt, McIlroy leaves his birdie attempt about 3 feet short and he converts on his par. Tiger just misses his birdie attempt, tapping for a par to stay one stroke off the lead.

ON THE DAY: Tiger, 6 under; McIlroy, 6 under

Elsewhere on the course: Webb Simpson has moved to 6 under to join McIlroy, Tiger and Graham DeLaet one shot behind Bo Van Pelt.

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No. 6, par 3, 201 yards

This hole is a paradigm of Midwest Americana, what with a farm pond lapping the right side of the green and a wooden, red-painted, covered bridge presiding over the back of the hole.

Off the tee: McIlroy takes his tee ball past the flag and he'll have about 20 feet for birdie. Tiger very nearly has a hole-in-one, hitting the hole on the roll and he'll have about 5 feet for birdie.

On the green: Tiger lips out on the left, erasing a golden opportunity after nearly holing out. That one will be frustrating for Tiger. McIlroy two-putts for par.

ON THE DAY: Tiger, 6 under; McIlroy, 6 under

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No. 5, par 5, 612 yards

From our Bradley S. Klein on No. 5: A big, sweeping dogleg left, where the favorable angle off the tee on the right is littered with steep bunkers. With the prevailing wind out of the southwest, this hole plays down breeze over the right shoulder. Some players will reach the green in two, though holding the plateau and avoiding the Raynor-like steep falloffs around will be the difficulty.

Off the tee: Tiger hammers driver at the par 5, quickly bending down to pick up his tee, which is always a sign of a fairway hit, which this one is, as he settles on the left side. McIlroy also finds the fairway with driver.

Second shot: With 290 yards into the green, Tiger still is willing to take the chance with fairway wood and gets enough on it, but overcooks it left and will be chipping into the green. McIlroy finds the rough to the right of the green after taking a chance from just less than 285 yards.

Around the green: Tiger has nearly 60 feet to the hole from the rough, Woods hits a great shot from a thick lie to about 8 feet beyond the hole. McIlroy chips all the way across the green and leaves himself 15 feet for birdie.

On the green: McIlroy hits a perfect putt and the ball drops in the hole on the last revolution to get to 6 under. Tiger also gets up-and-down for birdie to also get within a shot of Bo Van Pelt.

ON THE DAY: Tiger, 6 under; McIlroy, 6 under

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No. 4, par 4, 483 yards

From our Bradley S. Klein: The fairway landing area is at its narrowest at 300 yards, so keeping the drive in play and out of a handful of bunkers is crucial. On this long hole, it’s a fade drive and a draw approach to a green where it’s very easy to hang the ball out to the right and end up with a delicate up-and-over greenside recovery. (Read Brad's hole-by-hole here)

Off the tee: McIlroy flirts with the fairway bunker on the right, but finds the right side of the fairway. Tiger pops up his tee shot and it only travels 180 yards.

Approach shot: McIlroy takes his second shot past the flag and will have 20 feet for birdie. Tiger simply puts it out in the middle of the fairway with his second after that odd tee ball.

Third shot: Tiger plays a solid third to about 12 feet past the hole. He'll have that to try and avoid his second bogey of the day.

On the green: McIlroy pushes his birdie attempt past and knocks in a 2-footer for par. Tiger doesn't put enough pace on his par putt and picks up a second bogey of the day to fall two off the lead.

ON THE DAY: Tiger, 5 under ; McIlroy, 5 under

Elsewhere on the course: Graham DeLaet joins Tiger at 6 under, one back of Bo Van Pelt, who pars the 13th hole.

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No. 3, par 3, 195 yards

From our Bradley S. Klein on No. 3: Slightly uphill, with pop-up bunkers edging into the line of play on this kidney-shaped green. It’s accessible to a right-to-left shot, but anything running a tad long will quickly find sand, so distance control is crucial.

Off the tee: Tiger Woods misses the green to the right here, leaving himself about 35 feet to the hole. McIlroy hits a nice tee ball to about 15 feet under the hole.

Around the green: This effort isn't fantastic, as Tiger leaves the second shot 4 feet short.

On the green: McIlroy wastes another opportunity, blowing his birdie putt about 2 feet past and picks up another par. Tiger does knock in his par putt to stay at 6 under, one off the lead.

ON THE DAY: Tiger, 6 under; McIlroy, 5 under

Elsewhere on the course: Bo Van Pelt is on fire, moving to 7 under thru 12 holes with a birdie at No. 12. He has seven birdies on the day.

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No. 2, par 4, 442 yards

From Bradley S. Klein on No. 2: Here after a light fade on the first hole you need to hit a long, powerful right-to-left tee shot, though even the longest hitters can’t carry the massive MacKenzie-like bunker that runs along the left side of the fairway to a distance of 335 yards off the tee.

Off the tee: McIlroy tries to cut the corner here and finds the left rough, right in the middle of a cluster of bunkers. Tiger finds the middle of the fairway and has only 130 yards into the green.

Approach shot: Tiger is in a zone right now, knocking this second shot to 3 feet, where he'll have another short birdie putt. McIlroy is also right of the cup, but will have 15 feet.

On the green: McIlroy leaves his birdie attempt about 5 inches outside the hole, but taps in for a par. Tiger drains his short birdie putt to jump into a tie for the lead with Bo Van Pelt.

ON THE DAY: Tiger, 6 under; McIlroy, 5 under

Elsewhere on the course: Bo Van Pelt birdies No. 11 to get to 6 under.

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No. 1, par 4, 358 yards

From our Bradley S. Klein on No. 1: This one, somewhat over-treed down the right side and around the putting surface, calls for a layup to a narrow fairway and a short-iron to a very well protected green that’s segmented into two distinct pods on a right-to-left angle. Miss the proper pod and it’s a difficult putt to get to the other one.

Off the tee: Tiger just slides his tee ball up the left side of the fairway, finding the intermediate cut, but will have less than 120 yards into the back-left pin. McIlroy chooses to go up the right side, finding the fairway and will have 125 into the hole. McIlroy has a much better angle.

Approach shot: Tiger takes wedge and lands it about 18 feet under the hole. Solid, but not great from only 120 yards. McIlroy nearly holes out from the fairway and has less than 2 feet for another birdie.

On the green: Despite the different distances on the green, both wind up with the same result: birdie. Tiger buries his 18-footer, while McIlroy taps in his 2-footer. Both are tied for the lead at 5 under.

ON THE DAY: Tiger, 5 under; McIlroy, 5 under

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No. 18, par 4, 457 yards

From our Bradley S. Klein on No. 18: The sweep of this hole makes it very difficult to commit to a tee-shot line because there are no bunkers or trees for alignment. The approach shot has to deal with a bulk-headed green that sits low to the water and has three pot bunkers pulled back way to the left.

Off the tee: Tiger takes driver and splits the middle of the fairway. He isn't hesitating to take that driver out of the bag. McIlroy also hits the fairway and both should be able to attack with ease.

Approach shot: Tiger hits another brilliant shot into the green, getting it to 10 feet, while McIlroy gets inside that at about 5 feet. Both are to the right of the flag.

On the green: Tiger can't get his birdie putt to drop, sending it about 18 inches past and he taps in for a par and a 4-under 32 first nine holes. McIlroy does convert on his birdie try and also turns with a 4-under 32.

ON THE DAY: Tiger, 4 under; McIlroy, 4 under

Elsewhere on the course: Bo Van Pelt has joined Ian Poulter at 5 under after a birdie at No. 9. Van Pelt is bogey-free on Friday. Van Pelt and Poulter are one shot ahead of Tiger, Jimmy Walker and Zach Johnson. Four of the top-5 players on the leaderboard started their days on the back-nine. After taking a week off, Sergio Garcia hasn't started like he'd want to, sitting at 2 over thru 8 holes, tied for last in the 70-player field.

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No. 17, par 3, 212 yards

Our Bradley S. Klein on No. 17: The wind here from the left on this exposed, elevated tee tends to push approaches to the right, leaving a delicate up-and-over recovery.

Off the tee: With the pin in the front left, Tiger hits another green in regulation, but goes deep and leaves himself more than 50 feet from behind the hole for birdie. McIlroy sticks his tee ball to about 8 feet right of the cup.

On the green: Despite the length, Tiger nearly holes this putt and leaves himself 2 feet for par, which he knocks in. Meanwhile, McIlroy misses a second consecutive birdie attempt inside 10 feet and settles for par as well.

ON THE DAY: Tiger, 4 under; McIlroy, 3 under

Elsewhere on the course: Ian Poulter birdies No. 1 to get to 5 under and holds a one-shot advantage over Tiger and two others.

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No. 16, par 4, 470 yards

From our Bradley S. Klein on No. 16: Slightly downhill, decidedly downwind, and so the steep bunkers lining the fairways ending at 285 yards out can be readily passed.

Off the tee: Tiger pummels a drive up the left side and it catches the left intermediate cut of rough, but will have only just over 155 yards after the 325-yard poke. McIlroy also hits a 325-yarder, his up the right side. Tiger will have the better angle into the right pin.

Approach shot: Tiger plays another fantastic second shot, knocking this one to about 6 feet right of the flag. McIlroy also hits a nice shot, with his being about 10 feet to the left.

On the green: McIlroy powers his birdie putt past the hole and makes a 2-footer for par. Moments later, Tiger drains his short birdie putt and moves into a four-way tie for the lead.

ON THE DAY: Tiger, 4 under; McIlroy, 3 under

Elsewhere on the course: After birdies at Nos. 17 and 18, Ian Poulter has joined a group of four at 4 under.

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No. 15, par 5, 523 yards

From our Bradley S. Klein on No. 15: Straight into the prevailing wind, this nominally short par 5 plays longer than it first looks. A massive, claw-like bunker runs the length of the left side of the landing area and cannot be outgunned, so drives have to steer clear because landing in it means a second shot blasted out wide right and short of the green.

Off the tee: Both players hit driver at the par 5, with both hitting the fairway, but McIlroy is about 20 yards further.

Second shot: With just over 220 yards left into the front-left pin, Tiger puts a bit too much mustard on this one and sends it past the flag and into the rough. Delicate chip coming back. Meanwhile, from about 190 yards, McIlroy sticks it to 10 feet for an eagle try.

Around the green: From about 15 yards behind the hole, Tiger plays an incredible shot to about 4 feet, which he'll have for birdie.

On the green: Tiger does kick that in for a birdie, while McIlroy upstages him by draining his 10-footer for eagle. Both players have moved to 3 under.

ON THE DAY: Tiger, 3 under; McIlroy, 3 under

Elsewhere on the course: Zach Johnson has vaulted into the lead at 4 under behind an eagle at the par-5 15th hole. Bo Van Pelt joined him minutes later with a birdie at No. 7. There are some low scores on the course thus far, with 32 of 66 players at 1 under or better so far on Thursday.

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No. 14, par 4, 497 yards

From our Bradley S. Klein on No. 14: The drive has since been toughened and lengthened, and because it plays into the prevailing breeze it’s not an automatic carry: 290 yards over the corner. Tug it a bit and you’re left in deep rough with a bad angle in; play it out to the right and you’re faced with an uphill approach of 200-plus yards to a green with steep bunkering flanking both sides up front and a surface that feeds everything to the left.

Off the tee: Tiger chooses not to try and cut the corner at the dogleg left and finds the right intermediate cut of rough, and will have nearly 225 yards into the green. McIlroy finds the middle of the fairway and will have only 190 into the green.

Approach shot: Tiger does get enough on this shot, sending it into the left greenside rough for his first missed green of the day. Meanwhile, McIlroy plays a beautiful shot to about 6 feet above the hole, a putt that would get him back into red numbers.

Around the green: Tiger has a tough chip and leaves it about 7 feet short of the cup, his first real test of the day.

On the green: Tiger misjudges his par save and sends it 3 feet past, settling for a bogey and his first dropped shot of the day. McIlroy drains his short birdie putt to get back to 1 under.

ON THE DAY: Tiger, 2 under; McIlroy, 1 under

Elsewhere on the course: There are five players tied for the lead at the moment, with Graham DeLaet and Kyle Stanley joining the group at 3 under.

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No. 13, par 3, 182 yards

Our Bradley S. Klein on No. 13: Only designer Pete Dye would have the “chutzpah” (that’s a technical design term) to create a dogleg par 3, this one requiring a shot around a looming oak tree on the left. The tough part here is that this fall-away green sits near a creek that will gobble up approach shots hit short or a touch to the right. (Read Brad's hole-by-hole here)

Off the tee: McIlroy overshoots the green here, sending it into the rough at the back of the green on the left and he'll have more than 40 feet to the hole. Tiger nearly jars his shot, coming to rest about 4 feet behind the hole.

Around the green: McIlroy has a tough shot here and can't get it to stop at the hole, sending it 20 feet past, which he'll have to save par.

On the green: McIlroy leaves another one 6 inches short, but this one will cost him a stroke, as picks up bogey at the 13th hole. Moments later, Tiger kicks in his short birdie putt to move to 3 under and into a tie for the lead.

ON THE DAY: Tiger, 3 under; McIlroy, even

Elsewhere on the course: Jimmy Walker and Bo Van Pelt have joined Jim Furyk at 3 under, with Walker the furthest along his round after completing his sixth hole of the day.

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No. 12, par 4, 424 yards

From our Bradley S. Klein on No. 12: The unbunkered fairway has a big kink in the lower right side – exactly where, from the tee, you mistakenly want to line up. The fairway forces you left, and from a draw stance you have to hit a shot that holds up against one of those steep fall-off, low-cut chipping areas.

Off the tee: Tiger uses less-than-driver here and just slides it up the left side of the fairway, leaving himself about 175 yards into the green. McIlroy uses 3-wood and finds the right rough. Took a chance and it didn't pay off there.

Approach shot: With the pin tucked on the left, Tiger uses one club too many here and flies it past the hole and it settles about 40 feet behind the cup. On the green, but long birdie try upcoming. McIlroy, from just over 130 yards, plays a nice shot to about 20 feet right of the cup.

On the green: Tiger leaves his birdie attempt about 4 feet short, thinking that it was a bit more slick that it was. He does knock that in for par. McIlroy knocks his birdie attempt about a foot past the hole and taps in for par.

ON THE DAY: Tiger, 2 under; McIlroy, 1 under

Elsewhere on the course: Jim Furyk birdied Nos. 1 thru 3 to open his round and is holding the current lead at 3 under.

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No. 11, par 5, 595 yards

From our Bradley S. Klein on No. 11: The drive (to another one of those recently narrowed fairways) has to avoid a long, nasty collection of bathtub bunkers and potholes 250-350 yards off the on the left. (Read Brad's hole-by-hole here)

Off the tee: Tiger pulls driver for the first time today, and it pushes to the right, causing the gallery to scatter a bit. McIlroy splits the fairway and should have a shot at getting after the green in two.

Second shot: McIlroy does try to get after the green in two, but comes up short and right and will have a chip from about 55 feet right of the flag. Tiger simply lays up out of the rough and puts it in the fairway.

Third shot: With 170 yards left into the pin - which is tucked in the front, right above a greenside bunker - Tiger plays a nice shot to about 15 feet behind the hole. McIlroy will have much more work to do for birdie after his third shot, sending it about 25 feet past the hole on the left. That flop didn't work out so well for McIlroy.

On the green: McIlroy nearly pulls off the long birdie try, but leaves it less than 6 inches from the cup and taps in for par. Meanwhile, Tiger makes his 15-footer for birdie, erasing a poor tee shot with a fantastic third shot.

ON THE DAY: Tiger, 2 under; McIlroy, 1 under

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No. 10, par 4, 397 yards

Tiger is wearing a blue shirt, white hate, black slacks and white shoes and he prepares to take on Crooked Stick, which is new to most everyone on the course. From our Bradley S. Klein on No. 10: The back nine, on the south side of the property, kicks off with a modest-length hole where hitting the fairway is crucial thanks to water right and long pits of sand down both sides of the landing area. No drivers needed here, as a fairway wood or even a long iron will leave a short pitch left to a green with its high side right and a surface that cants steadily to the left.

Off the tee: Both players use 3-wood, with McIlroy flirting with disaster on the right, just avoiding a fairway bunker and the water to the right of that (he's in the intermediate rough). Tiger takes his tee shot up the left side and is sitting in the fairway.

Approach shot: Tiger starts by firing at the pin in the back right, getting it to less than 10 feet for a great look at birdie. Meanwhile, McIlroy misses the green, but has only 15 feet to the hole.

On the green: McIlroy drains his 15-footer from the fringe for a birdie, and Tiger keeps pace by knocking in his 10-footer as they both start on a great note.

ON THE DAY: Tiger, 1 under; McIlroy, 1 under

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