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Tiger turns to old putter, fires 62 with McIlroy at BMW Championship

Tiger Woods reacts to a missed birdie putt on the second hole during the first round of the BMW Championship golf tournament at Aronimink GC on Thursday. Eric Sucar / USA TODAY Sports

Tiger Woods put a trusted old friend back in his bag on Thursday, and the result was a blistering start to the BMW Championship with an 8-under-par round of 62 at Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown Square, Pa.

He will enter Friday's second round tied for the lead with Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy, who posted his own 8-under 62 a few groups behind Woods.

Two late bogeys stopped McIlroy from grabbing the outright lead.

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.

And the early returns were remarkable, as he posted only the fifth round of 62 of his career -- one shy of his career low of 61, set four times. He also matched the lowest round posted the last time Aronimink hosted a PGA Tour event -- shot by Nick Watney in the third round in 2011.

It was Woods' lowest round since firing a 61 in the second round of the 2013 Bridgestone Invitational, which was also his last victory.