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Tiger Woods has sent fans into a frenzy during the opening round of the BMW Championship, blitzing his way into a share of the lead with fellow superstar Rory McIlroy at Philadelphia's Aronimink Golf Club.

Starting on the back nine, McIlroy matched Woods' hot start with three birdies in his first four holes.

Fitzpatrick was 1 over for the tournament early in his round, then fired off seven birdies in a 10-hole span and another at the par-4 18th.

After struggling with his putting during the first two legs of the FedEx Cup Playoffs, Woods returned to the Scotty Cameron putter he used in winning 13 of his 14 major titles.

Woods' lowest opening round since 1999 would have been bettered by McIlroy had the Northern Irishman not bogeyed two of his last three holes.

"That round today was easily 6, 7 under par", Woods said after shooting 70.

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Woods and McIlroy had played a nine-hole practice round together on Tuesday. "It helps a lot", Woods said.

But McIlroy threatened to trump his rival with a round that included a career-best six birdies in a row - before bogeying his 16th and 17th holes. He also skipped the Pro-Am due to the heatwave conditions.

It gave Woods an eight-under score and he now shares the lead with Rory McIlroy, who has two holes remaining to take the ascendancy.

"The heat is hard for me because I lose so much weight out here", said Woods.

The wide fairways and temperatures in the 90s allowed the golf ball to seemingly fly forever and made for such low scoring that 48 players in the 69-man field broke par.

Woods will enter the weekend in a tie for 11th and five back of Xander Schauffele, who has a two-shot lead after firing rounds of 63-64 in a last-ditch effort to convince Jim Furyk he's worthy of the fourth and final Ryder Cup captain's pick. "It turned into even par which is not what I needed to do today".

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