Justin Thomas has a share of the lead at the BMW Championship

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Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019

MEDINAH, Ill. (AP) -- Justin Thomas went from some of his worst golf on the range to a share of the course record at Medinah in about five hours Thursday.

Thomas made his first birdie after hitting a tree and his last one with a 60-foot putt on his way to a 7-under 65 and a share of the lead with Jason Kokrak after the opening round of the BMW Championship.

Tiger Woods, Mike Weir and Skip Kendall each shot 65 when Medinah hosted the PGA Championship in 1999 and 2006.

Woods won both those majors. Winning the second FedEx Cup playoff event might be more of a chore. One week after he withdrew after the first round at Liberty National, he managed a 71 that felt feeble compared with everyone else.