Woods moves into contention

  • Last Updated: September 1 2012, 8:24 BST

Tiger Woods rolled back the years with a 64 in the first round of the Deutsche Bank Championship - but still found himself two shots off the lead.

Tiger Woods: Impressive with a round of 64 on Friday

Woods recorded his best opening round in three years to initially share the clubhouse lead with former Ryder Cup player Jeff Overton and Ryan Moore.

But US compatriot Chris Kirk then moved top of the leaderboard with a 63 before South Korea's Noh Seung-yul birdied his last two holes to card a nine-under-par 62 and climb above the American.

Woods, who started on the 10th, picked up shots at the 11th and 13th and then carded six more birdies in succession from the 18th.

The former world number one dropped his only shot of the day on his closing hole, the ninth, but said: "I hit a lot of good shots and on top of that I putted well at the same time. It was a nice little combination."

Woods added on PGA Tour Radio: "I hit the ball well enough to probably shoot maybe one or two more (under par). I missed a couple of little putts out there.

"But also I made my share from outside of 15, 20 feet as well."

Last weekend at The Barclays, Woods three-putted four greens in the third round and then shot 76 in the final round to finish tied for 38th. He dropped from first to third in FedExCup points.

"It wasn't like I was hitting a lot of awful shots," he added. "I just needed a couple of putts to kind of go my way and it didn't happen.

"Today was about the same as I have been playing pretty much all summer, just go out there and playing pretty consistent. It was just a nice, solid round."

World number one Rory McIlroy was just one shot behind Woods after a 65, while Ryder Cup team-mates Luke Donald and Ian Poulter shot 67 and Lee Westwood returned a 68.

"I definitely didn't drive the ball the way I wanted to," McIlroy said after only hitting four fairways.

"I drove it great last week at Bethpage and didn't putt so well but this week it seems like I didn't drive it so good today but putted well."