Tiger Tracker: Woods fires 1-under 71

Tiger Woods watches his tee shot on the fourth hole during the third round of the BMW Championship.

Tiger Woods watches his tee shot on the fourth hole during the third round of the BMW Championship.

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CARMEL, Ind. -- In a round that felt reminiscent of Friday, Tiger Woods used a charge over his final 10 holes to card a 1-under 71 to get to 13 under overall at the BMW Championship.

He'll enter Sunday's final round four shots behind leaders Vijay Singh and Phil Mickelson.

Phil Mickelson carded an 8-under 64 to get to 16 under to jump into a tie for the lead, while Singh carded a 3-under 69.

Rory McIlroy and Lee Westwood are a shot behind at 15 under and will play in the penultimate group on Sunday. Tiger will play with Dustin Johnson for the second consecutive week on a final day of a playoff event.

See how it all unfolded:

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Update #2: 7:12 p.m. EDT

Vijay Singh three-putts No. 18 to fall back to 16 under and will share the lead with Phil Mickelson on Sunday. Rory McIlroy buries a birdie putt from 6 feet to get to 15 under behind a 3-under 69. Ryan Moore fires a 1-over 73 to fall back to 11 under, lipping out for par on the 18th.

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Update #1: 7:00 p.m. EDT

Lee Westwood makes his short birdie putt at the 18th to get to 15 under, two back of leader Vijay Singh. Bo Van Pelt misses his 8-footer and cards a 1-under 71 to finish at 12 under.

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No. 18, par 4, 457 yards

From our Bradley S. Klein on No. 18: It's 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: Water is in play today at 18 because of the wind from the left, Tiger flirts with that water, but finds the rough on the right instead. Tough shot ahead.

Rest of the hole: From a horrible lie, Tiger muscles it up to left of the green with his approach. From about 30 feet, Tiger chips to about a foot and taps in for a 1-under 71. A great result considering his four bogeys.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under (13 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Vijay Singh falls back to 16 under after his par putt horseshoes at the par-4 16th hole. But then makes a birdie at No. 17 with his 29th one-putt on the week to re-take a one-shot lead over Phil Mickelson.

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No. 17, par 3, 212 yards

Another leaderboard update as the final groups play the final three holes at Crooked Stick. Vijay Singh holds the solo lead at 17 under, Phil Mickelson is in the clubhouse at 16 under, while Adam Scott, Dustin Johnson, Robert Garrigus, Lee Westwood and Rory McIlroy are at 14 under. Tiger is one more back at 13 under.

Off the tee: With 7-iron, Tiger comes up short of the green at the long par 3. Better than going right and into the rough, which Bo Van Pelt does. Lee Westwood has 4 feet for a third consecutive birdie.

Rest of the hole: Tiger nearly chips it in, sending it just past on the left and settles for a par. Westwood misses his short birdie putt and stays at 14 under. Van Pelt saves par after great chip.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under (13 under for tournament)

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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 looks very confident with driver in hand - a big switch from early in the round - and hammers this tee ball right down the throat of the fairway. Players aren't getting much run on the ball because of the wet conditions, so those that can carry it a long way have an advantage today. That was a 345-yard drive.

Rest of the hole: Tiger has eyes on the pin with his approach, but flies it about 20 feet past. He two-putts from there, never starting his birdie attempt high enough. Not too happy about it after monster drive.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under (13 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Vijay Singh chips in for birdie at No. 15 to get to 17 under, after looking like he'd possibly drop a shot with three poor shots that found him behind the green. Lee Westwood birdied Nos. 15 and 16 to get to 14 under, tied with four others. Dustin Johnson polishes off a 5-under 67 with a par at No. 18, and gets to the clubhouse at 14 under. Rory McIlroy birdies No. 15 to also get to 14 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: What a whirlwind day at Crooked Stick, and Tiger has managed to keep himself in it despite a bad case of the "lefts" off the tee early and four bogeys over his first eight holes. He pushes this tee ball to the right and will have a tough time getting to the green in two.

Rest of the hole: Tiger does have to lay up from a deep lie, plays his third from the middle of the fairway and comes up just short of the green with that shot. Still able to putt from off the green, Tiger two-putts from 25 feet for par. Definitely disappointing on the easiest hole on the course.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under (13 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Vijay Singh drops a shot at the 14th hole to fall back to 16 under, tied with Phil Mickelson for the lead. Robert Garrigus is on a great run, going 4 under over his last four holes to get into the clubhouse at 14 under. He had no bogeys, four birdies and an eagle today for a 6-under 66.

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No. 14, par 4, 497 yards

Another leaderboard update - because it changes by the minute - as Vijay Singh is at 17 under, one ahead of Phil Mickelson and three ahead of Dustin Johnson. Tiger is four back after that birdie at No. 13. He now moves to the toughest hole on the course.

Off the tee: Tiger bombs another driver here, hitting the middle of the fairway to give himself a chance to attack this tough hole.

Rest of the hole: After putting his approach just on the fringe, he putts twice for a par. Solid score on a tough hole.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under (13 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Phil Mickelson polishes off an 8-under 64 with a birdie from off the green at No. 18 to get within a shot of Vijay Singh. A couple of fist pumps after that one dropped. Adam Scott also birdies No. 18 from the fringe to finish at 14 under, currently three off the lead.

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No. 13, par 3, 182 yards

From our Bradley S. Klein on No. 13: Only 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.

Off the tee: Tiger is fighting now after that tough opening eight holes. He thought he had that last birdie putt at No. 12. He has to finish strong, as Vijay Singh is running away a bit at 17 under, five ahead of Woods. Tiger hits a nice tee ball here, maybe leaving 10 feet left for birdie.

Rest of the hole: Tiger gets another one here, burying the 10-footer for his fourth birdie in his last five holes. Now under par on his round despite four bogeys.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under (13 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Phil Mickelson makes his ninth birdie of the day at the par-3 17th to get to 15 under, two back of Vijay Singh.

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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 that Dye – influenced by Pinehurst – occasionally relies upon.

Off the tee: Tiger has four birdies and four bogeys today, and still has seven holes to play. For the first time today, Tiger finds the right side of the fairway.

Rest of the hole: Tiger puts his second shot on line, but leaves it 30 feet short. He finds the right line, but leaves it 9 inches short and settles for par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (12 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Playing just ahead of Tiger, Graeme McDowell drains a 10-footer for birdie to get to 13 under. Ahead on the par-5 15th hole, Adam Scott taps in for birdie to move to 14 under. McIlroy three-putts par-5 11th for par to stay at 13 under. Vijay Singh birdies No. 11 to move to 17 under, three shots clear of the field.

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No. 11, par 5, 595 yards

Let's take a moment to look at the leaderboard before Tiger gets to his third par 5 of the day. Vijay Singh leads at 16 under, leading Phil Mickelson by two shot and Dustin Johnson, Adam Scott and Graeme McDowell by three shots. Tiger is five back at 11 under.

Off the tee: Tiger hammers a driver up the left side here, just finding the intermediate cut of rough. Doesn't show too much with his left knee, although he flexes it quickly.

Rest of the hole: Tiger actually jogs after his second shot, giving a little fist pump after it hits the green and leaves himself 25 feet for eagle. He misses that just short, but taps in for a third consecutive birdie.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (12 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Phil Mickelson is 6 under on his round after a birdie at the par-5 15th to get to 14 under, but is still two back of Vijay Singh, who picks up his 26th one-putt of the week with a birdie at No. 10. Rory McIlroy gets back that bogey from No. 9 with a nice birdie at No. 10 to get to 13 under. Lee Westwood also moves to 13 under with his second consecutive birdie, the last one coming at No. 11.

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No. 10, par 4, 397 yards

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: Another hole, another tee ball to the left, this time letting go of his club after he sees the trajectory. These wayward tee balls are making it difficult for Tiger to attack, mostly having to scramble to just save par.

Rest of the hole: Tiger plays a beautiful shot out of the rough from about 150 yards and drains a 10-footer for birdie. That's back-to-back birdies for Tiger.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over (11 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: The birdies are falling all over the course, with Graeme McDowell getting to 13 under with a birdie at No. 10, while Padraig Harrington birdies No. 11 to get to 12 under. Phil Mickelson falls out of a share of the lead after a poor drive at No. 14 sends him to a bogey at No. 14, moving back to 13 under. It wouldn't have mattered anyways after Singh birdies No. 9 to get to 15 under, alone in the lead. McIlroy bogeys the par-5 9th to fall back to 12 under, even on his round. Louis Oosthuizen joins McIlroy at 12 under with an eagle at No. 15.

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No. 9, par 5, 530 yards

From our Bradley S. Klein on 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: Tiger must make something happen here at the gettable par 5, as he has slipped out of double-digits and is five shots back of leader Vijay Singh. Tiger had a total of two bogeys over the first two days, so these four have left him quite frustrated. Tiger has dropped from T-2 to T-17. Big drive here will leave him less than 220 yards into the green. Seems to have figured out whatever his problem was off the tee.

Rest of the hole: Tiger hits a poor approach, holding up in the rough above a bunker to the left of the green. He plays a nice chip to just get out of the trouble, but finds the first cut of rough on the opposite of the green. But, in typical Tiger fashion, he chips in for birdie to give himself momentum heading to the back nine. He has been walking gingerly on his left knee the past four or five holes, causing him to get a case of the "lefts."

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 over (10 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Phil Mickelson birdies No. 13 to get to 14 under, while Dustin Johnson birdies Nos. 10 and 11 to also get to 14 under, both tying Vijay Singh for the lead. Ryan Moore buries a long birdie putt at No. 8 to get to 13 under, one back of Vijay Singh. McIlroy misses a shorter one to tie Singh and settles for par. Singh two-putts from over 50 feet to save par. Adam Scott birdies No. 12 to also get to 13 under.

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No. 8, par 4, 456 yards

From our Bradley S. Klein on No. 8: 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: Tiger is now five shots back of Vijay Singh after starting a single shot behind the 49-year-old Fijian. Woods has struggled on weekends at times this year, and it hasn't been a pretty start to this round at Crooked Stick. Finds a fairway here, taking it up the left side to set up a wedge into the green.

Rest of the hole: Tiger takes his second shot well past the hole, leaving himself a long birdie attempt. He sends that putt screaming by and misses an 8-footer for par. He has four bogeys thru 8 holes, with the one birdie at No. 6.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 over (9 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Vijay Singh drops his first shot of the day, picking up bogey at No. 7 to fall back to 14 under, one clear of Rory McIlroy (who parred No. 7). Ryan Moore birdies No. 7 to get back to even on the day (12 under). Phil Mickelson joins McIlroy at 13 under with a birdie at No. 11.

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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: Now that's more like it for Tiger, finding the left side of the fairway. Only his second fairway hit of the day (in five chances).

Rest of hole: After a poor approach, Tiger plays a nice chip from the long rough past the hole and misses a 6-footer for par, picking up his third bogey of the first seven holes.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 over (10 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Vijay Singh birdies his second hole in a row to get to 15 under, two clear of McIlroy. The latter can only manage par at No. 6, a hole after managing only par at the par-5 5th hole to stay at 13 under, while Ryan Moore bogeys after a poor birdie attempt at No. 5, falling to 11 under. It is only Moore's second bogey of the week. Seung-Yul Noh moves to 12 under with a birdie at No. 7.

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No. 6, par 3, 201 yards

From our Bradley S. Klein on No. 6: 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. There’s a cross ridge in the green that segments the front downslope from the back half of the green – where the slope feeds the ball right.

Off the tee: Tiger has fallen nine spots on the leaderboard with his rough start, now T-11. But he is only three off the lead, but will need to find something before the turn to get him going. He plays a solid shot into the middle of the green here, really looking at a likely two-putt situation.

Rest of the hole: So much for a two-putt, Tiger drains his nearly 40-foot birdie putt to get back to 11 under, three back of Vijay Singh.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over (11 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Phil Mickelson makes the turn with a 4-under 32 to get to 12 under, two shots back of Vijay Singh, who now holds the solo lead after a birdie at No. 5. Ben Curtis picks up his fifth birdie in a row to get to 11 under after a one-putt at No. 13.

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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 takes driver again and finds the rough on the left yet again, his third miss of the day to the left off the tee.

Rest of the hole: Tiger has to lay up out of the rough, plays his third shot onto the fringe under the hole and nearly chips it in, settling for a one-putt par. This penultimate group is 5 over on the day, with Tiger at 2 over, Van Pelt at 3 over and Westwood is even.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 over (10 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: With a birdie at No. 4, Rory McIlroy has joined Vijay Singh in the lead at 13 under. Phil Mickelson birdies Nos. 6, 7 and 8 to move to 11 under. Singh and Moore both par No. 4. Ben Curtis has birdied his past four holes to get to 10 under, with the latest coming at No. 12. Adam Scott also moves to 10 under with a birdie at No. 8.

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No. 4, par 4, 483 yards

From our Bradley S. Klein on No. 4: 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. (See Brad's hole-by-hole here)

Off the tee: For the second time today, Tiger overcooks his drive a bit and finds the left rough. Long second shot upcoming.

Rest of the hole: Tiger hits another greenside bunker (second consecutive hole) and plays a poor third shot out of an awkward stance in the bunker, leaving himself more than 35 feet to save par. He misses that and picks up a second consecutive bogey.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 over (10 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: A great leaderboard is shaping up, with Tiger, McIlroy, Singh, Dustin Johnson, Lee Westwood and Phil Mickelson all in the top 12. McIlroy, Singh and Ryan Moore all par No. 3, with each staying even on the day. Johnson picks up his third birdie in the opening five holes to get to 12 under, one back of Singh.

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No. 3, par 3, 195 yards

Our Bradley S. Klein on No. 3: If you’ve ever wondered what Donald Ross on drugs would have designed, just stand on the tee here. 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 misses his first green of the day here, finding a bunker on the left side of the green. Tiger hasn't hit many bunkers this week, and they'll all be a bit wet today with the heavy overnight rain.

Rest of hole: Tiger plays a poor shot out of the bunker, sending it over the green. He flops to 8 feet and makes bogey to end his streak of 25 straight holes without a bogey.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over (11 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: There are 12 players in double digits at this point, with Graeme McDowell, Bill Haas and Padraig Harrington all 1 under on their rounds to get to 10 under.

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No. 2, par 4, 442 yards

From our Bradley S. Klein on No. 2: 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: After missing his first fairway of the day, Tiger splits this one with a huge drive into the middle. He seemed to be a bit late with driver on Friday, leaving a handful of galleries scattering.

Rest of the hole: Tiger plays a nice second shot into the green with wedge, but can't get a 15-footer to fall for birdie and picks up another two-putt par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (12 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Dustin Johnson, chosen as a wild-card pick for the Ryder Cup earlier this week, starts birdie-birdie to move to 11 under, two off the lead of Vijay Singh, who pars the opening hole. The rest of the final group - McIlroy and Moore - also pars the first hole.

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No. 1, par 4, 358 yards

Tiger is rockin black slacks and a fuscha-like top, with a white hat topping off the ensemble. Tiger posted a bogey-free 67 on Friday, really just grinding his way to 12 under overall. 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 had big problems to the right on Friday, but opens with a fairway wood to the left and just in the rough. He said he "grinded" on Friday, but with the wet conditions today, he is going to need to be more accurate off the tee to shoot low.

Rest of the hole: After hitting an approach from under a 100 yards, Tiger can't get his birdie putt to drop from about 18 feet and picks up a par at the opener.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (12 under for tournament)

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SECOND-ROUND COVERAGE

Tiger Tracker: Woods, McIlroy tied at 12 under at Crooked Stick

The encore was just as impressive on Friday, with Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy getting into the clubhouse at 12 under, one shot behind Vijay Singh. See how it happened.

• • •

Notes: Small changes make big difference for Moore in playoffs

A combination of small changes have made a big difference for Ryan Moore in the FedEx playoffs. Notebook.

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Rude: Vijay Singh will look to overcome weekend woes

Vijay Singh has been here before in 2012, leading or playing well after 36 holes. And then the weekend hits, and he disappears. He hopes to reverse that trend at Crooked Stick. Story.

• • •

FIRST-ROUND COVERAGE

McIlroy fires 64 to share lead, Woods one back at BMW

This star pairing lived up to its billing again, with Tiger Woods firing a 7-under 65 and Rory McIlroy grabbing a share of the lead with an 8-under 64. See how it all unfolded.

• • •

Notes: Schwartzel fights through rib injury, shoots 69 at BMW

Charl Schwartzel fought through a rib injury to shoot 3-under 69 during the first round of the BMW Championship. Notebook.

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Rude: Soggy conditions allow for mass assault on Crooked Stick

Crooked Stick experienced a mass assault Thursday as players took advantage of the soggy conditions, says Jeff Rude. Story.

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FedEx Cup: 2nd-round tee times at BMW Championship

Here are the second-round tee times and pairings for the BMW Championship. Tee times.

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PRE-TOURNAMENT COVERAGE

Fantasy Tip Sheet: Tiger Woods a favorite at BMW Championship

With only 70 players remaining, the big names will by vying for the BMW Championship this week at Crooked Stick. At least one of our panelists believes Tiger Woods will take home his fourth title of 2012. Predictions.

• • •

Finding 'the zone': It's a place McIlroy, Woods frequent

Byron Nelson called it a trance. The contemporary usage is zone. Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods seem to find it frequently. Story.

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Notebook: Louis Oosthuizen quietly having standout season

Notebook: Louis Oosthuizen, fresh off a second runner-up finish this season, has shot par or better in 21 of his last 24 rounds. Story.

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FedEx Cup: 1st-round tee times at BMW Championship

Here are the first-round tee times and pairings for the BMW Championship. Tee times.

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