(Reuters) – Justin Thomas and Jason Kokrak matched the Medinah route report with seven-under 65s to percentage the primary spherical lead on the BMW Championship on Thursday whilst a fit-again Tiger Woods struggled to get the rest going and completed the day six off the tempo.
Aug 15, 2019; Medinah, IL, USA; Justin Thomas reacts to his shot at the 14th fairway all over the primary spherical of the BMW Championship golfing event at Medinah Nation Membership – No. three. Obligatory Credit score: Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports activities
A shot in the back of the main pair have been 49-year-old Jim Furyk, Lucas Glover, Brandt Snedeker, Patrick Cantlay and Joel Dahmen, whilst Rickie Fowler and Australian Adam Scott headline a bunch of 9 on 67, two again at the leaders.
The birdies have been flying at Medinah Nation Membership as an elite 69-player box took good thing about excellent scoring stipulations, and each Kokrak and Thomas may do little mistaken at the rain-softened route at the outskirts of Chicago.
Thomas became in an error-free scorecard, highlighted by way of a storming end of 3 instantly birdies from the 14th.
Kokrak, who remains to be chasing his first PGA Excursion win, had handiest as soon as blemish, a bogey on the 9th, to move together with an eagle and 6 birdies.
Their stellar rounds got here in spite of each gamers showing out of contact of their warmups.
The second one forestall at the FedEx Cup playoffs, handiest the highest 30 ranked gamers after the BMW will advance to subsequent week’s championship at East Lake in Atlanta.
Woods, ranked 38th when the day started, has received two of his 15 main championships at Medinah and he were given off to a roaring get started with 3 birdies in his opening 5 holes, together with one at his opening hollow for the primary time this season.
However the 43-year-old, who pulled out of closing week’s Northern Consider Open after the outlet spherical because of again ache, noticed his sizzling get started cool off temporarily.
He added yet another birdie to make it 4 for the spherical however his card additionally got here with 3 bogeys.
“Didn’t chip it, didn’t make that many putts and because of this I’m one beneath,” stated Woods, who swung freely and confirmed no indicators of discomfort.
“It’s simply no longer sharp, I’m seeking to make adjustments in my swing and it’s simply no longer reasonably there but.
“I would like reps and I simply haven’t installed numerous reps.
“I didn’t really feel any tightness in my indirect in any respect, I didn’t really feel any pull and in order that was once a good, I simply wish to blank up my rounds and get going.”
International primary Brooks Koepka had a sluggish get started however raced into rivalry with a four-under 68.
The American was once one-over thru 11 however went five-under for his closing seven holes — an eagle, birdie, birdie run from the 14th pushing him into rivalry.
Briton Justin Rose, Spaniard Jon Rahm and closing week’s winner Patrick Reed also are on four-under with Rory McIlroy one additional again on three-under 69.
Reporting by way of Steve Keating in Toronto. Enhancing by way of Peter Rutherford