Tiger Tracker: Shot-by-shot recap of Tiger Woods' opening 62

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Tiger Tracker: Shot-by-shot recap of Tiger Woods' opening 62

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Tiger Tracker: Shot-by-shot recap of Tiger Woods' opening 62

Tiger Woods made a lot of noise Thursday at the BMW Championship.

The 42-year-old went out in 6-under 29, was 7 under through 10 and at one point led by three. In the end, it was an 8-under 62 for Woods. That could be good enough for the solo lead or a share of it by day’s end. At worst, he should be solo second.

What an opening round with so many highlights.

We followed Woods’ opening round, shot by shot, at Aronimink. Catch up with this amazing day below:

Hole No. 9: Par 5, 589 yards

OFF THE TEE (3:55 p.m. ET): His final driver of the day, and that was odd. He seemed to like it, but that was always landing and finishing in the left rough. It’s indeed in that rough, but lie looks pretty good. It’s possible Tiger can still go for this in two. If not, lay up should be no problem. Tiger is now a co-leader, by the way, as Rory McIlroy has reached 7 under.

APPROACH SHOT (4:01 p.m. ET): Here we go, Tiger takes 5-wood … and that is terrific. He does a helicopter follow through on the finish and this one lands in the fairway some 40 yards short of the green and gets all the way to about 5 yards in front of the left side of the green. The pin is front right, so that will not be a hard chip. A great chance for an up and down for birdie to close.

AROUND THE GREEN (4:06 p.m. ET): Tiger decides to putt this actually, and … this is not bad, not great. The ball comes up about 7 feet short and under the cup. So still a fine look for birdie and 62.

ON THE GREEN (4:12 p.m. ET): Walked it right in the center! That is an opening 62. What a round! He’s tied for the lead with Rory McIlroy. That is the opener Tiger needed, especially with him putting the old Scotty Cameron back in play today. His putter looked amazing for much of this round.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 8-under 62 (T-1)

Hole No. 8: Par 3, 246 yards

OFF THE TEE (3:35 p.m. ET): A tremendous wait on this tee and Tiger looked affected. Woods pulls this 4-iron on this long downhill par 3, and this bounds into rough long and a touch left. This will be an interesting long pitch to a pin with the green running away from him. But a lot of green to work with to that right pin.

AROUND THE GREEN (3:41 p.m. ET): Tiger took free relief from a grandstand and dropped in the rough. He got a good lie in the rough, but this was such a tough shot with an awkward angle. Tiger lands this chip short of the green and this releases to about 12 feet short of the cup. From there, that honestly was solid. But, this will be by far his biggest flirtation with bogey today so far. His lead is already down to two after Rory McIlroy reached 6 under. It could be one soon.

ON THE GREEN (3:50 p.m. ET): That was on line for a while, but it just missed to the left at the end. Tiger seemed to think that putt should’ve gone in, maybe got fooled a bit on the read. Anyway, he taps in for bogey. His first blemish on a great day. His lead is down to one. He does have a closing par 5, though.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 7 under through 17 (1st)

Hole No. 7: Par 4, 375 yards

OFF THE TEE (3:10 p.m. ET): Tiger takes what appears to be a 3-wood and that one is nice and pretty down the left-center of the fairway. Another pristine tee ball.

APPROACH SHOT (3:18 p.m. ET): OK, from 107 yards … and OH YEAH. Tiger lands this 5 feet below the pin, it hops a few feet past and right and spins to inches under the hole. That is a tap-in birdie, people. He will be 8 under in a matter of minutes. It’s possible the lead could balloon to four.

ON THE GREEN (3:20 p.m. ET): A formality. Tiger is 8 under and leads by three. It will be four if Fowler fails to get up and down from a front bunker.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 8 under through 16 (1st)

Hole No. 6: Par 4, 397 yards

OFF THE TEE (2:55 p.m. ET): This is terrific down the right side of the fairway. Another pretty driver there. This is just a clinic.

APPROACH SHOT (3 p.m. ET): This wedge from 81 yards is only OK. This finishes up about 15 feet right and short of the cup. Not great from there, but it’ll leave a pretty simple putt.

ON THE GREEN (3:05 p.m. ET): Well, Tiger has stalled in this round. This 14-footer seemed to be on line but broke right in the last foot and just missed the cup right. This runs 18 inches by and he taps in for par. After that hot start, it’s five straight pars. His putter has cooled off, as his driving has still been great and his approach play has only regressed a little. He still leads by two, though.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 7 under through 15 (1st)

Hole No. 5: Par 3, 165 yards

OFF THE TEE (2:46 p.m. ET): And Tiger finally misses a green. He was 13/13 on GIR until this one. It honestly seems like he thought he hit a good shot, but this 8-iron flies just over the green and bounds into rough. Just a mis-club, this was on a good line with the right distance. Instead, this will be a tricky short-sided chip, as the pin is in back.

AROUND THE GREEN (2:51 p.m. ET): Nevermind, no problem. Tiger lands this chip just on the green about 15 feet short of the cup, and this rolls within inches right of the cup. A touch left, and this goes in for birdie. But that’s a nice easy par. That shot wasn’t that tough actually, but it wasn’t as easy as TW made it look.

ON THE GREEN (2:52 p.m. ET): Tiger indeed taps in for par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 7 under through 14 (1st)

Hole No. 4: Par 4, 454 yards

OFF THE TEE (2:31 p.m. ET): That driver gets a twirl and it should as this one finishes down the right-center and about five yards past Fowler. Tiger just seems to have no fear right now. Love it.

APPROACH SHOT (2:37 p.m. ET): A pitching wedge from 144 yards, and that is one of his worst shots all day. Of course, the standard is so high with the way he’s playing this is just fine. The ball ends up about 40 feet right and short of the cup. A likely two-putt par. (And we’ll cut Tiger some slack, that pin is tough to get to in back as you have to fly it there to get it close, which risks going over.)

ON THE GREEN (2:43 p.m. ET): Not ever really on the right line, but this harmlessly misses about 2 feet short and left. He’s able to tap in from there for a simple par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 7 under through 13 (1st)

Hole No. 3: Par 4, 442 yards

OFF THE TEE (2:14 p.m. ET): Driver. Right-center of the fairway. Tiger has never even hinted at being in trouble today. He had a 5-footer for par on his fifth hole (which he made), but otherwise he hasn’t sniffed bogey.

APPROACH SHOT (2:21 p.m. ET): This one from 125 yards is just fine. That one was right over the flag, lands about 15 feet past, stops quickly and trickles back to about 12 feet beyond the cup. Just good birdie look after good birdie look. Tiger has looked masterful today.

ON THE GREEN (2:27 p.m. ET): That one was just a touch too far left. The ball misses by a couple inches on the left and TW settles for par. The putter finally cooling off a little at the moment.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 7 under through 12 (1st)

Hole No. 2: Par 4, 413 yards

OFF THE TEE (1:59 p.m. ET): Tiger’s driver misses a tiny bit left. The ball lands in the left edge of the fairway but appears to bound forward into the left rough. Still, lie should be fine and the ball is well down there. Tiger is 5/9 on fairways today but all four misses have been by nothing more than a few yards (and one finished in the intermediate).

APPROACH SHOT (2:06 p.m. ET): Lol, Tiger looks disappointed here. This one from 78 yards – he took an AGGRESSIVE line off that tee – lands about 20 feet short of the hole and runs out all the way some 15 feet past the cup. The ball was tracking and missed the left edge of the cup by inches on the way by. That was a really tough shot to get close coming from the rough, so that is finely executed. That’s why we’re chuckling at Tiger acting like that was a poor shot.

ON THE GREEN (2:11 p.m. ET): Even his misses look great! Tiger had that right-to-left putt on a great line, but it just stays on the right side of the cup and lips out. He looked frustrated after that miss, but man this is all encouraging. A tap-in par, although his lead is down to two as playing partner Rickie Fowler birdies to move to 5 under.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 7 under through 11 (1st)

Hole No. 1: Par 4, 409 yards

OFF THE TEE (1:44 p.m. ET): This is a driver right down the middle. Tiger has now found 5/8 fairways, so he hasn’t been perfect here, but this is still a great driving performance so far. Tiger hasn’t missed a green in regulation yet, by the way.

APPROACH SHOT (1:49 p.m. ET): Tiger with another one right at the flag, and this one from 95 yards is decent. The ball finishes about 12 feet beyond the pin. Still, a decent birdie look to go 7 under through 10.

ON THE GREEN (1:55 p.m. ET): YES. YES. YES. That was a perfect putt, dead center. Tiger Woods is 7 under through 10 and leads BY THREE. This is a par 70, so we can put him on 59 Watch right now.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 7 under through 10 (1st)

Hole No. 18: Par 4, 466 yards

OFF THE TEE (1:27 p.m. ET): Tiger is piping the driver. That one lands on the right side of the fairway, bounces past a bunker and rolls a good 50 yards down the right-center. Every part of his game – driving, approach play and short game – is firing perfectly so far today.

APPROACH SHOT (1:34 p.m. ET): This is another excellent approach! Tiger fires it right at the flag, this one lands about 15-20 feet short of the cup, takes a huge hop forward and stops 5-6 feet beyond the cup. That birdie putt is for an opening 29.

ON THE GREEN (1:40 p.m. ET): Just drilled it right in. Never feared for a second it would miss. That is birdie and an opening 29! He takes back the solo lead, too.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 6 under through 9 (1st)

Hole No. 17: Par 3, 211 yards

OFF THE TEE (1:16 p.m. ET): Tiger loses this one a bit to the right, but this one finishes just fine about 30 feet right of a front pin.

ON THE GREEN (1:24 p.m. ET): Right on line but a good 2 feet short. Tiger taps in from there for par. That switch back to the Scotty this week is working out so well early here. Tiger has already made three putts of 10 feet or longer and two 5-footers, without making any mistakes. Tiger does fall into a tie for the lead, by the way, as Byeong Hun An also reaches 5 under.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 5 under through 8 (T-1)

Hole No. 16: Par 5, 542 yards

OFF THE TEE (12:59 p.m. ET): This driver is down the right side of the fairway. Beautifully done.

APPROACH SHOT (1:07 p.m. ET): Oh, baby! Tiger fired that long iron from 241 yards right at the flag, and this one lands 5 feet below the hole and rolls out to finish 5 feet right and just beyond the cup. That is a fantastic look for eagle. He is one back, and that putt at the moment would give him the outright lead.

ON THE GREEN (1:13 p.m. ET): YES!!! Tiger walked that one in with at least a foot to go and this falls in the left side. That is an EAGLE and the outright lead!

TIGER ON THE DAY: 5 under through 7 (1st)

Hole No. 15: Par 4, 502 yards

OFF THE TEE (12:44 p.m. ET): Tiger gets a little bit behind on that driver and he misses the fairway by a few yards to the right in the rough. The lie looks OK, though, so he should be fine.

APPROACH SHOT (12:51 p.m. ET): That is very well executed. Tiger lands this right and 20 or so feet short of the cup and this rolls up and finishes pin-high, 20 feet right of the hole. Another decent birdie look.

ON THE GREEN (12:56 p.m. ET): A decent effort there, but this right-to-lefter is just not given enough break. This ball curls left and under the cup. This is a tap-in par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 under through 6 (T-1)

Hole No. 14: Par 3, 214 yards

OFF THE TEE (12:33 p.m. ET): Tiger really disliked that one, but it’s really not bad at all. This ball finishes about 30 feet left of the cup, almost pin-high. He acted like that was going to be horrible, but that shot should lead to a two-putt par.

ON THE GREEN (12:40 p.m. ET): Tiger’s speed is a little off here. His first putt from 40 feet runs about 4 feet by. But he drains that comebacker no problem.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 under through 5 (T-1)

Hole No. 13: Par 4, 389 yards

OFF THE TEE (12:16 p.m. ET): That was such a smooth swing with an iron off the tee. That is a lower flight and this ideal shot lands and runs in the right side of the fairway. Pristine.

APPROACH SHOT (12:24 p.m. ET): TW is really feeling it now! He lands this one 10-12 feet left and under a left pin from 145 yards and this hops forward and spins back slightly to finish 10 feet under the cup. That’ll be another nice look and would get him 3 under through four.

ON THE GREEN (12:28 p.m. ET): He is ROLLING that Scotty! That goes in the left-center and we have three early birdies from TW. The lead once again moves, which means Tiger birdies again to retain a share of the lead.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 under through 4 (T-1)

Hole No. 12: Par 4, 460 yards

OFF THE TEE (12:03 p.m. ET): That driver may be in the dead center of the fairway. Perfect.

APPROACH SHOT (12:10 p.m. ET): Another nice one. This one lands 10 feet past the flag and barely trickles forward after landing. This is a 12-15 footer for birdie.

ON THE GREEN (12:14 p.m. ET): Drained it! The Scotty is back and grooving. Tiger is tied for the lead again.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under through 3 (T-1)

Hole No. 11: Par 4, 407 yards

OFF THE TEE (11:48 a.m. ET): Another driver, but this one is pulled. This ball lands a few yards into the left rough and plops in there. He’ll still have a short club in on this one, his approach just depends on the lie.

APPROACH SHOT (11:53 a.m. ET): He got a decent lie there from 106 yards, and that’s pretty nice from there. A front pin, but he fearlessly lands this about 5 feet right and under the hole and this trickles off a good deal right. It ends up about 18 feet right of the cup, but that is nice to that tucked pin from rough. Another decent birdie look.

ON THE GREEN (11:59 a.m. ET): That putt was never enough, and it misses a few inches low and left. An easy tap-in par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under through 2 (T-1)

Hole No. 10: Par 4, 448 yards

OFF THE TEE (11:33 a.m. ET): The driver, and this is roasted. This one lands in the left side of the fairway and runs about 30 yards forward and trickles into the intermediate. A great drive way down there.

APPROACH SHOT (11:39 a.m. ET): OK, decent start. This one lands and finishes about 20 feet left and just below the cup. Not bad at all, a decent look and par at worst.

ON THE GREEN (11:44 a.m. ET): Welcome back, Scotty! Tiger drains that putt for birdie, and his switch back to his trusty Scotty Cameron pays dividends here. A great opening birdie and he is tied for the lead already.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under through 1 (T-1)

Pre-round

Tiger tees off at 11:30 a.m. ET, and he’ll be using a different putter for the third straight week. That’s right … the Scotty is back!

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