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Kuchar leads early at BMW Championship

 Tiger Woods, left, shows his swing to his swing coach Sean Foley after his tee shot on the fifth hole of a Pro Am round at the 2010 BMW Championship ...
 Tiger Woods listens to a question at a news conference at the 2010 World BMW Championship golf in Lemont, Ill., Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2010. (AP Photo/W...
 Matt Kuchar watches his tee shot on the 17th hole during the first round at the BMW Championship golf tournament in Lemont, Ill., Thursday, Sept. 9, ...

BMW Championship Golf

Tiger Woods, left, shows his swing to his swing coach Sean Foley after his tee shot on the fifth hole of a Pro Am round at the 2010 BMW Championship ...

BMW Championship Golf

Tiger Woods listens to a question at a news conference at the 2010 World BMW Championship golf in Lemont, Ill., Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2010. (AP Photo/W...

BMW Championship Golf

Matt Kuchar watches his tee shot on the 17th hole during the first round at the BMW Championship golf tournament in Lemont, Ill., Thursday, Sept. 9, ...

Matt Kuchar took an early one-shot lead Thursday in the opening round of the BMW Championship with a birdie on his last hole for a 7-under 64.
Already a winner in the opening FedEx Cup playoff event, Kuchar wasted no time putting his name atop the leaderboard again. With a laser shot into 10 feet for eagle on the 15th and an 18-foot birdie putt on his last hole at the par-5 ninth, Kuchar had a one-shot lead over Ryan Moore among those who played in calm, morning conditions.
Kuchar is playing so well that there's really nothing left for him to say. He didn't have much choice. Kuchar has laryngitis and begged off a series of interviews, letting his score speak for itself.
Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson played in the afternoon.
Woods is No. 51 in the FedEx Cup standings and might need to finish as high as fifth at Cog Hill, where he is a five-time winner and the defending champion, to be among the top 30 and advance to the final playoff event at the Tour Championship.
Kuchar is No. 1 in the standings, courtesy of a strong year and a win at The Barclays two weeks ago. He opened 66-65 at the TPC Boston last week before fading over the final two rounds to tie for 11th, but he picked it right up again in the Chicago suburbs.
It was his sixth consecutive tournament that he opened with a round in the 60s.
"Just keep playing," Kuchar said to one question he felt good enough to answer. "I was driving it well. I was actually doing everything well. It felt very good. Last week was a little bit suspect, and this week I kind of figured some stuff out."
Moore hasn't figured out what he needs to do this week to advance. He is No. 58 in the standings, and already was planning on this being his final tournament for a while. He felt more relaxed, even in the midst of an incredible stretch of birdies that gave him reason to believe Atlanta and the Tour Championship is not that far off.
Moore was 1 over for his round when he holed a bunker shot. Then came a 3-iron into 5-feet, a 4-iron to pin-high about 20 feet away, a 5-iron that set up an easy birdie on the par-5. When Moore had finished, he probably wished he could keep playing. He made seven birdies over the last eight holes, including the last five in a row.
"I certainly wasn't expecting to do that," Moore said. "I hit a horrible tee shot on 11 with an even worse lay-up, and then I hit a terrible shot from there into a bunker and then holed out. I don't know. Just got a little positive momentum going from there."
Retief Goosen had a 67, while Dustin Johnson, Luke Donald and Brian Gay were at 68.
The good fortune of Andres Romero appears to have run out. The Argentine birdied four of his last five holes at The Barclays to narrowly advance to the second round, and he tied for 11 in Boston to make it to the third round. He is No. 68 in the standings, but made five bogeys in six holes to start his round and shot 80.
Brandt Snedeker, who played in the final group at the TPC Boston and is No. 31 in points, shot 76.


Updated : 2021-03-06 04:15 GMT+08:00