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NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. — Somehow, on a blistering Thursday just outside the City of Brotherly Love, Tiger Woods pumped up the thermometer.
With an old friend in the bag, not to mention four extra golf shirts, Woods scorched ancient Aronimink Golf Club with an 8-under-par 62 in the first round of the BMW Championship, the third leg of the FedExCup Playoffs.
With temps hitting the high 90s and fans clamoring for any piece of shade, Tiger was in vintage form as everything from the driver to his putter was on point. He missed just two greens in regulation, and on a day where the ball was flying because of the heat, Woods and others turned this mighty ballpark into a driver-wedge, pitch-and-putt track as he unleashed his driver, once again a weapon, for 12 tee shots in the range of 300 to 340 yards.
Woods was at his best as the…