Tiger Woods rides birdie-fest up Northern Trust leaderboard on Thursday

Tiger Woods had himself a solid day at the office on Thursday at TPC Boston.

The 15-time major champion began his quest for a record third FedEx Cup title with a 3-under 68 in the first round of the Northern Trust, the first of three events in the FedEx Cup playoffs. Woods started his day on the more-challenging back nine and made it through the difficult stretch of Nos. 10-14 just 1 over. Alongside Matthew Fitzpatrick and Dylan Frittelli for the first two rounds, Woods made the turn at even par thanks to a missed eagle putt that left a tap-in birdie on the par-5 18th hole.

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The birdie was just enough momentum to kick Woods’ round into motion. The two-time FedEx Cup champion (2007 and 2009) made a pair of consecutive birdies on Nos. 3 and 4 and Nos. 7 and 8 to temporarily get to 4 under and inside the top 10. A poor tee shot led to an unfortunate bogey on No. 9 to seal the deal on Woods’ 68. The 44-year-old walked off the course T-15.

Woods is back in action on Friday afternoon off No. 1 at 1:17 p.m. ET.

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