Schauffele grabs halfway lead as Woods, McIlroy retreat at BMW

Tiger Woods off to insane start with season on the line

Xander Schauffele vaulted to a two-stroke halfway lead at the BMW Championship in Pennsylvania on Friday as Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods slipped back in the second round.

The 14-time major victor Woods and McIlroy have a one-stroke lead after both shot eight-under 62 which marked the American's best PGA first round since the 1999 Byron Nelson Classic.

McIlroy brilliantly regrouped after a "no frills" second day 69, to grab a ninth hole eagle and seven birdies in his score of 63.

At the European Tour's Omega European Masters, Paul Dunne missed his seventh cut from 18 starts this year when he added a level-par 70 to his opening 71. 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.

McIlroy threatened to steal the headlines from Woods. Just when we think he's ready to break through, he lips out a short par putt and stalls his momentum.

"I didn't make any putts", Woods said after a round that included 33 putts, six more than Thursday.

They led by one stroke from American Xander Schauffele in the third of four play-off events on tour.

The top 30 players in the season-long standings after the BMW advance to the season-ending Tour Championship in two weeks. These stats are a little skewed, as Aronimink's fairways are about as wide as Chicago's I-94, which could be why despite the impressive tee game, Tiger only managed an even par 70.

Tiger Woods reacts after missing a putt for a birdie on the fourth green during the BMW Championship golf tournament at the Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown Square, Pa., Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018.

"I think it was a good step in the right direction and now I'm really looking forward to the weekend". I didn't want to lose too much ground.

"I hit the ball well enough to shoot a low score and I got off to a quick start", Woods said.

His only bogey came at the par-three eighth, where he misjudged his tee shot and sent an eight-iron over the back into punishing rough.

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