Golf.com's Jeff Ritter blogged the first round of the BMW Championship. Leaderboard | Photos: Round 1 | Course Profile | TV Schedule 6:10 p.m. That's all from here -- thanks for reading and enjoy your evening. 6:09 p,m. Tiger leaves his par putt three feet short, then taps for a two-over 73. He's nine shots behind Kuchar. Tiger had another a miserable start -- he was three-over through 6 -- and he had to fight an uphill battle throughout the day. He needs a top-five finish to qualify for next
week's Tour Championship, and it's going to be an uphill climb from
here. 6:05 p.m. Woods has a tough, downhill lie in the bunker, and blasts out to about 20 feet. That's about the best he could've done from there. 6:02 p.m. From the intermediate rough, Woods fans a 7-iron into a bunker on the right side of the green. Tiger can't believe it, and utters an audible "WHAT??" that the microphones pick up.
6:00 p.m. Stricker gives a post-round interview and says the greens at Cog Hill are slower and bumpier than most others on Tour. He took 30 putts today. NFL PROP BET: Total number of Stricker putts vs. total points scored by the Vikings against the Saints tonight. Who do you like? 5:58 p.m. Golf Channel informs us that Tiger has had 11 consecutive rounds in the 60s at Cog Hill. That streak is about to end. He rips a drive up the left side on the 18th. 5:54 p.m. Stricker calmly brushes in his five-footer and finishes at one-under. Mickelson's par try lips out. He bogeys to finish with a one-over 72. Not a great day for Lefty. 5:51 p.m. Phil lashes one out of a bunker on the 9th, his final hole. He'll have about 10 feet left to save par. 5:49 p.m. Stricker takes a drop and chips up to about five feet. He'll have that for bogey. Meanwhile, Tiger blasts out of a greenside bunker and makes par at 17. He's still one over. 5:46 p.m. A Stricker sighting, and it's not good. He hooks his approach on 18 into the water, and is staring bogey straight in the face. The broadcast mentions that he could easily be six under if he made a few more short putts. 5:45 p.m. At 17, Tiger drives it in the right rough and has to slice it around a tree. He takes a mighty lash and drops into a greenside bunker. 5:41 p.m. Back to the 9th, Phil's final hole of the day. Mickelson puts it deep in the left rough, and he's attempts to cut one around a tree and back into play -- with a wood. He pulls it off. Still needs to get up and down to save par. Another great escape from Phil, though. 5:38 p.m. Tiger missed his long birdie try on 16 and tapped for par. He's 1-over with two to play. 5:35 p.m. Reader MikeZ wants to know what's up with Stricker. To be honest, Stricks hasn't appeared much on the telecast today. (Tiger and Phil have been the focus. Surprised?) The only Stricker putts I saw were ones that dropped. He's 3-under with two to play. Looks like a pretty solid start. 5:30 p.m. Phil bombs his drive on the 8th and sets himself up for birdie with a solid approach. Tiger scratched out a par at 15 and will have a long birdie putt on the 16th. 5:27 p.m. Reader Dave wants to know what the heck is going on with Phil today. First, Mickelson made a terrible decision earlier today when he tried to chip a ball off the putting surface instead of attempting a long lag putt. He's hit a few loose approaches, and he hasn't made many putts. After birdies on two of his first four holes, he's played his last 12 holes is +3. He's got two holes left to try to get a shot or two back. 5:24 p.m. New NFL prop bet: Matt Kuchar's first-round score (64) vs. total points scored by the Vikings and Saints tonight. I think the Saints win a shootout...I'm tempted to choose the football game, but that's a lot of points. 5:20 p.m. Reader Jake correctly points out that Tiger's irons have been solid today (except for that last one), and it's the putter that's been his undoing. I agree that TW has uncharacteristically missed a few short ones, but his swing is still out of sorts. He's clearly fighting himself out there today. 5:19 p.m. Tiger double-crosses his second shot on the par-5 15th...that baby is left, halfway to Evanston. It's in play, but it'll be a tough par from there. 5:15 p.m. Ryan Moore and Brian Gay must have found out that I benched them on my fantasy golf team this week. Moore finished 6-under and alone in second place. Gay opened with a 3-under 68. The lesson: you should invite me to play in your fantasy leagues. 5:13 p.m. Euro Ryder Team watch: Poulter is -5, McIlroy is +5. 5:09 p.m. Tiger birdies the par-3 14th. He's 1-over and trying to claw back into it. 5:05 p.m. Going a little off topic for a moment. Tiger needs a date for the Ryder Cup, right? Golf.com has created a list of candidates for him. Enjoy. 4:58 p.m. Tiger's putt burns the edge; it would have been a miraculous birdie. Instead, it's a par. He's still 2-over for the round, and he's made just two birdies. Suddenly my prop bet (Tiger birdies vs. Drew Brees TD passes tonight) doesn't seem so ridiculous, does it? 4:53 p.m. On the 13th hole, Tiger hits an insane, whirlybird approach from a steep downhill lie to within 15 feet. You'll see that one on SportsCenter tonight. 4:50 p.m. Golf Channel reminds us that today's broadcast is sponsored by BMW, Michelob Ultra and Cialis. In doing this, Golf Channel also reminds us that its target audience is Burt Reynolds. 4:46 p.m. Woods hits his 90-foot bunker shot about 50 feet. That was ugly. He bogeys to drop to 2-over through 12 holes. 4:41 p.m. Reader Alexander nominates Lou Malnati's butter crust as the best pizza in Chicago. I never tried that one in my three years in the Windy City. What else you got for me? 4:40 p.m. Woods drops his club on his follow-through while teeing off on the par-3 12th. He dumps his shot into a front right bunker. It's going to be a tough par save from there. 4:36 p.m. Tiger brushes in a birdie on 11. That's back-to-back. He's now 1-over par. 4:32 p.m. At the BMW Championship, any player who makes a hole-in-one at the par-3 14th hole receives a free -- wait for it -- BMW. Ernie Els almost obliges. It wasn't long ago when the Big Easy was the FedEx points leader. Anyone remember that? Anyone even know that to begin with? 4:27 p.m. Phil sprays his approach on the 3rd into a greenside bunker. He'll have to call on the short game to save par. 4:23 p.m. I lived in Chicago for three years and have a question for America: What's the best pizza in Chicago? I nominate Gino's, but am open to debating this. 4:20 p.m. Phil saves par on the 2nd hole, his 11th of the day. He's 1-under. 4:18 p.m. Playing alongside Tiger, K.J. Choi rams in a long birdie putt. Tiger steps up knocks in his birdie. He's 2-over through 10. 4:12 p.m. Tiger rips an approach through the trees, over the bunkers and onto the green. A phenomenal shot. He's got a chance to get his first birdie of the day. 4:04 p.m. Phil yanks an approach into a bunker, while Tiger pushes a three-footer on nine. He's still 3-over, still no birdies after nine holes. 3:55 p.m. Tiger and Stevie struggle with club selection for his second shot on the par-5 9th. Eventually they decide to go for it in two. Tiger's three-wood lands on the green, bounces through and caroms off the grandstand. He'll have an uphill chip, and an up-and-down would give him his first birdie of the day. 3:50 p.m. Big names struggling right now: McIlroy +6, Tiger +3, Angel Cabrera +4, J.B. Holmes +6. 3:48 p.m. From deep rough, Mickelson pulls his layup on 18 and it comes about three rotations short of trickling into a pond. He chips up and has about 15 feet left to save par. 3:44 p.m. Woods gets up and down for par. He's 3-over after eight holes. 3:42 p.m. Mickelson drives it into the rough on 18. Tiger chops one out of the rough and into the greenside cabbage on the 8th. Scratchy golf from the world's top two players right now. 3:40 p.m. Woods birdie-less through seven. I think Drew Brees is good for at least three TDs tonight. Think TW can make more than three birdies from here out? 3:37 p.m. Golf Channel tells us that all fans who drive their BMWs to today's event get to park in a private lot and have their cars washed while they watch the golf. And who said golf doesn't cater to the everyday Joe? 3:34 p.m. Mickelson mis-clubs his approach shot on the 17th and his ball settles on the back of the green, at least 50 feet from the pin. Wonder if he'll try chipping again... 3:33 p.m. We get our first look at the FedEx standings -- these playoffs are wide open. Who's the favorite at this point? I'd have to pick Kuchar, the current leader, but there are probably 10 guys I could see taking home the $10 million. 3:29 p.m. Ryan Moore shot a 29 on the back nine today and is one shot behind Kuchar. He played his round while wearing a tie. Wonder if he has a job interview right after this? 3:25 p.m. Golf Channel displays an interactive map to show viewers where Cog Hill is in relation to Chicago (about 30 minutes southwest). They've still failed to interactively map where Woods hit his ball on the opening hole today. 3:20 p.m. Phil yanks his drive on the 16th into the trees, but escapes with a brilliant iron shot that settles on the front fringe. Meanwhile, Tiger three-putts the par-3 sixth for a bogey. He's 3-over. 3:14 p.m. Mickelson didn't have to putt through the fringe -- apparently he wanted to avoid putting up the slope and decided to pull out the wedge. I'm not sure if this is a sign that Phil has no confidence in his lag-putting, tons of confidence in his chipping, or if he simply had a mental meltdown. 3:12 p.m. Faced with a treacherous, sloping 40-foot lag putt on the 15th hole (his sixth of the day), Phil decides to chip it. He makes poor contact, and the ball settles about 20 feet beyond the hole. Bad decision, bad execution. 3:08 p.m. Since the NFL season opens tonight, I feel like a few good prop bets are in order. What about this one: total birdies by Tiger Woods in Round 1 vs. total TD passes by Drew Brees tonight against the Vikings. Which side would you take? 3:03 p.m. Tiger has won five times at Cog Hill, but he's got a long way to go to catch Matt Kuchar, who shot a 64 for the early lead. I'm still waiting to see highlights (read: lowlights) from Tiger's opening-hole 6. 3:00 p.m. Welcome to the Round 1 blog, where we pick things up with the Golf Channel broadcast. Tiger Woods double-bogeyed his first hole and is 2-over through five holes. Phil Mickelson is 2-under early in his round. The Bears kick off on Sunday, and the Cubs are 19.5 games out of first place. Yep, it's officially autumn in Chicago.