NORTON, Mass. – Thanks to a hot putter and terrific iron play, Tiger Woods has taken the lead midway through the opening round of the Deutsche Bank Championship.
Woods, who started his round off the 10th tee, is a bogey-free 6 under through his first 12 holes, having posted four consecutive birdies through the turn.
He has already drained five putts from 12 feet or longer and has needed just one putt on six of his first 12 greens.
His hot stretch started when he nearly rolled in an eagle putt from 42 feet at the 18th hole before tapping in for birdie. He then rolled in birdie putts from 12 feet, 5 inches; 12 feet, 3 inches; and 15 feet, 4 inches after making the turn.
Woods has also hit 11 of his first 12 greens in regulation.
John Senden, Luke Donald and Dustin Johnson are each at 4 under through 13 holes.
UPDATE (12:10 p.m. ET): Woods has birdied the short par-4 fourth hole for his fifth consecutive birdie. He’s now 7 under through 13 holes.
UPDATE (12:20 p.m. ET): At the par-4 fifth, Woods nearly holed his second shot from 157 yards for eagle. That left him with a tap-in birdie – his sixth consecutive birdie. He’s now 8 under through 14 holes and has a chance at the course record of 61 on the par-71 TPC Boston course. Dustin Johnson is in second, three shots behind.
FYI: The longest streak for Woods of holes played under par is seven at the 2005 Masters.
UPDATE: (12:37 p.m. ET): The birdie streak is over. Woods missed his birdie putt at the par-4 sixth from just inside 15 feet and settled for par. He remains at 8 under going to the par-5 seventh.
- Tiger Woods