BMW Championship 2019 – Tiger Woods off to a poor start
BMW Championship 2019 – Tiger Woods off to a poor start

Tigers Woods didn’t help his chances of getting to defend his Tour Championship title.

Woods is projected to need a top 10 finish this week in the BMW Championship to advance to East Lake, where he is defending champion. After one round on Thursday, he was tied for 50th in Medinah, Ill.

PGA: BMW Championship - First Round
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One week after he withdrew at Liberty National due to a mild abdominal injury, Woods could only manage a 71 that lacked character when compared with everyone else. All but two players in the 69-man field were at par or better on a Medinah course that was soft due to some rain earlier in the week.

“It’s just not sharp,” Woods said. “I’m trying to make changes in my swing, and it’s just not quite there yet.”

The good news for Woods? He says he didn’t feel any tightness in his oblique.

“I just need to clean up my rounds and get going,” he said. “Seems like the whole field is under par.”

On the other hand, Justin Thomas already is set for the Tour Championship next week and the chase for FedEx Cup and its $15 million prize. That’s not what interests him.

“I don’t give a crap about the money,” he said. “It’s about winning tournaments.”

He made his first birdie after hitting a tree on the fourth hole, leaving him a 5-iron he hit to 2 feet. His last birdie was a putt from about 60 feet on the fringe from the back of the 16th green. He did enough right in between for a 7-under 65 and a share of the lead with Jason Kokrak.

The others to post 65 at Medinah were Woods, Mike Weir and Skip Kendall at the PGA Championship in 1999 and 2006. Woods won both those majors. Winning the second FedEx Cup playoff event might be a lot tougher though.

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