NORTON: Tiger Woods produced a stunning surge in the opening round of the Deutsche Bank Championship on Friday but was overshadowed by 21-year-old South Korean Noh Seung-yul, who rocketed to a one-shot lead.
Noh tore apart the TPC Boston course with a bogey-free nine-under 62 that left him one shot clear of American Chris Kirk in the second of the PGA Tour’s four FedExCup playoff events. Woods, Jeff Overton and Ryan Moore were tied in third place after the American trio shot matching 64s while World No 1 Rory McIlroy and American Bryce Molder were a further shot back.
Woods had earlier set the Boston crowds alight with a birdie blitz reminiscent of his glory days. The 14-time major champion played his first eight holes in two-under before carding six straight birdies to lead by four shots at one stage.
Woods, the 2006 champion at this event, played the back nine first and wasted little time making a move. After his tee shot at the par-three 11th landed 12 feet from the hole, Woods coolly drained the birdie putt for some early confidence on the greens. Two holes later Woods sank a 19-footer that put him at two-under.
He came within inches of an eagle from 42 feet on the 18th but took the birdie, the first of six on the trot. The heat dissipated a little over his final four holes as Woods missed a chance for a seventh consecutive birdie before scrambling for pars on the seventh and eighth holes. The only blemish of the day for Woods came on the last hole when he overcooked his approach shot at the par-four ninth and failed to get up and down.