Thomas turns it around and shares lead at Medinah

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The second stop on the FedEx Cup playoffs, only the top 30 ranked players after the BMW will advance to next week's championship at East Lake in Atlanta.

Still, Scott is in good shape, already qualified for the Tour Championship next week because of his strong ranking in the Fedex Cup points table.

"I need reps and I just haven't put in a lot of reps".

He is without a victory this year, having been hampered by a wrist injury that caused him to miss the US PGA Championship, which he won in 2017.

This was just Matsuyama's day and a statement after Justin Thomas and Jason Kokrak tied the course record of 65 in the opening round.

"It's hard enough to win golf tournaments when you're all starting on a level playing field, but whenever it's staggered like that, it's a tough proposition if someone like Brooks Koepka or Patrick Reed is starting two or three shots ahead of you".

Should Woods complete all four rounds this week-there is no 36-hole cut-it would be just the third time he's done so since winning the Masters in April. "I played nine today - played the front nine - and played quite well, which was nice to see and nice to feel".

Thomas finished his day with seven birdies and no bogeys, while Kokrak dropped just one shot but added an eagle to finish his day in a tie for the lead.

Medinah is where Woods buried that 8-foot par putt on the 17th hole in 1999 to win the PGA Championship for the first time by holding off teenage Sergio Garcia. I definitely don't feel like I did last Friday. While pleased with his driving - "The fact that I was able to make the proper swing and hit some of the shots - I was a little bit uneasy about that because I hadn't done it", he said - Woods knows he can't afford to give away strokes in hopes of playing his way into the TOUR Championship.

Five Americans shared second on 66, including 49-year-old Jim Furyk, Joel Dahmen, Lucas Glover, Brandt Snedeker and Patrick Cantlay. Seven years later, he repeated the feat when he finished five shots clear of Shaun Micheel with a memorable 18-under par performance. Obviously, it's very fun and I'm grateful to be here after the win.

"I'm going to have to make a lot of birdies", he said.

"It was nice to take those days off, " he said, referring to the three-day weekend from withdrawing. These three tournaments are looked at by professional golfers as major type events.

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