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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 Thursday in the BMW Championship, he had seven straight birdies on his card and an 8-under-par 63 at blustery Conway Farms.

“You get on runs like that, you get excited for the next hole because you know something good is going to happen, because you’re in such a good frame of mind and everything is going in the right direction,” Snedeker said.

The round 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.

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The opening round was mainly about the debut of Conway Farms north of Chicago, which has a blend of strong holes and plenty of birdie opportunities. Low scoring was predicted, and Snedeker’s round was proof of that.

Ryan Moore of Puyallup joined Masters champion Adam Scott and Nick Watney at 67. Phil Mickelson opened with a 70.

The top 30 players in the FedEx Cup after the BMW Championship advance to the Tour Championship next week and a shot at $10 million.


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