LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Brandt Snedeker was making so many birdies that even an 18-foot putt looked like a mere tap-in. When he finished his amazing run in the first round of the BMW Championship, he had seven straight birdies on his card and an 8-under 63 at blustery Conway Farms.
That gave him a one-shot lead over Zach Johnson in the third FedEx Cup playoff event. Tiger Woods sounded disgusted with his round of 66, mainly because he had a pair of three-putt bogeys and missed a 4-foot birdie putt over his last five holes.
Steve Stricker, Charl Schwartzel and Kevin Streelman also were at 66. Phil Mickelson had a 70.