Birdies elude Woods as he slips to five shots behind leader Schauffele


"I feel like I do", Schauffele, who carded a seven-under-par 63 to trail leaders Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy by one stroke on Thursday, told Golf Channel when asked whether he thought he needed to win at Aronimink to earn the nod from Furyk.

"I hit it just as good (as the opening-round 62) and putted just as good, but nothing went in and that's the way it goes", a frustrated Woods said.

Woods was joined in the lead by McIlroy who highlighted his round of 10 birdies with a career-best six in succession, beginning with the last hole of his front nine.

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

One day after a 62, Woods shot 70 and was five behind.

Hideki Matsuyama, who started the FedExCup Playoffs at No. 76, had a 64 and was in a group three shots behind that included Keegan Bradley, Alex Noren and Rickie Fowler.

Woods entered with a lead, but Xander Schauffele torched the course for the second-consecutive round, carding a six-under 64.

The top 30 players in the season-long standings after the BMW advance to the season-ending Tour Championship in two weeks. Tiger struggled over the final two holes, going with back-to-back bogeys for an even-par 70.

DeChambeau's selection Tuesday as one of USA captain Jim Furyk's wildcard picks was a mere formality for the Florida-based golfer after he stormed to victory in the opening two legs of the FedEx Cup.

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He led in the final round of July's Open Championship before finishing sixth, then was runner-up at last month's PGA Championship.

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There was a wobble at the next as Woods missed an 18-foot putt for his first bogey of the day, but he bounced back on his final hole to roll in a birdie and tie the course record. I didn't make any putts.

"You don't get many opportunities to break 60 and today was one of them", he said.

"I just didn't hole as many putts".

Schauffele said he was on a mission, and the Ryder Cup was merely a byproduct. "I lose strength and I lose power and endurance".

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The 39-year-old Japanese player had four birdies at the high-altitude Crans-sur-Sierre club to get to 9-under 131.

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