McIlroy & Woods slip back as Schauffele catches fire

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Two days after he was selected by Jim Furyk as a Ryder Cup captain's pick, Woods chose to put his trusty Scotty Cameron back in the bag after he'd employed two other Taylormade flatsticks in play recently. He opened with a 20-foot birdie putt at No. 10, shot 29 on the back nine, and then rolled in a 15-foot birdie putt on No. 1 to reach 7 under through 10 holes.

Peter Uihlein, who only advanced to the third FedEx Cup playoff event with birdies on his last three holes on the TPC Boston last week, had a 64 to join a group that included FedEx Cup champion Justin Thomas.

Woods hit his tee shot at the par-3 17th in a bunker, blasted out to 8 feet, and his par effort horseshoed out.

A final-round grouping with Patrick Reed at the Masters looked promising until McIlroy's putting stroke left him.

"Sometimes if a major season doesn't go your way and you haven't done what you wanted to do, it's just a bit of a reset, let's go again, reassess your goals", McIlroy said. Woods began the year using the Cameron and did so through the U.S. Open before switching to TaylorMade's Ardmore at the Quicken Loans National in late June.

"I know the release point and I know how it swings and my body morphed into a position where it understands where it needs to be to release the putter". "I've hit putts with it. Sometimes it works but it just feels very familiar to me". He still hit 14 of 18 greens, but just didn't give himself as many chances.

It didn't hurt that Woods took Wednesday off.

Woods sits provisionally tied for the lead with World No 8 Rory McIlroy after an eight-under par 62 at at the Aronimink Golf Club in Pennsylvania. And as of right now, " he said, pausing to smile, "I'm one back.

"That round today was easily six or seven under par, and it turned into even par which is not what I needed to do today". The Monday finish, back things up and looking at how it was.

With tee times moved up (due to impending bad weather) and players in cooler conditions, it was a different day Friday at Aronimink. He has gone almost a year without winning. And like that, he was back in a tie for second, 9 under and two back.

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