McIlroy shares Colorado lead

Rory McIlroy is in a three-way share of the lead after the first round of the BMW Championship in Colorado.

The world number one carded two late bogeys to finish with three-under-par 67 alongside Jordan Spieth and Gary Woodland.

McIlroy is currently placed second in the third leg of the four-tournament play-off series of the FedEx Cup race and was disappointed to have let those shots slip after he had been five-under after 15 holes.

“You can see by the scores it’s pretty tricky out there,” he told Sky Sports.
“Low scores aren’t really too easy to come by so 67 is still a good start even though it could have been a bit better.

McIlroy, who started his round on the 10th, banked birdies on the 12th and 17th and was equally impressive after the turn where picked up shots on the first three holes.

Meanwhile Woodland enjoyed a solid start round as he picked-up four birdies with only a single blemish on his card, while Spieth was a touch more eratic with three drop shots in a round which included no less than the six birdies.

A group of nine players sat a single shot off the lead.

They include European Ryder Cup players Martin Kaymer, Sergio Garcia and Henrik Stenson – who was coming up 18 when the horn sounded to end play.

England’s Justin Rose was in a group a further shot back with Ernie Els, Jason Day, Jim Furyk, Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson all level par.