After opening with a three-under-par 67, Rory McIlroy is tied with Americans Jordan Spieth and Gary Woodland for the lead at the BMW Championship. However, the Northern Irishman left the Cherry Hills course disappointed, after ending the day with consecutive bogeys.
“I'm a little frustrated coming off the course, because I feel like it should have been better than what I finished,” said the world No.1 “(I had) a sloppy bogey or two out there.”
The course at Cherry Hills, Colorado, is firm and playing tough. Only 21 players are under par after round one. America’s Ryan Moore struggled more than most, carding a ten-over-par 80. For all McIlroy’s success this year, he’s still finding it at challenge to make birdies.
"67 is a really good start, even though it could have been a bit better.” - Rory McIlroy
“It's tricky, it really is,” said the four-time major winner “These greens have gotten so much firmer over the last 24 hours. I think that's what's giving the guys just a little trouble out there.
“Low scores aren't really that too easy to come by. So a 67 is a really good start, even though it could have been a bit better.”
American duo out to win FedExCup
With an average driving distance of 340 yards, Gary Woodland powered his way to a share of the lead after yesterday’s action.
Given his promising start, the world No.48 is determined to be in the top five in the FedExCup standings going into the Tour Championship closer. He’s 29th in the race as things stand, with only the top 30 eligible to play in the final FedExCup event. If you’re in the top five in the FedExCup rankings prior to the Tour Championship, a win sees you take the overall FedExCup prize, regardless.
“I'm still trying to win this thing,” said the 30-year-old. “That's the beauty about the FedExCup, you adjust after next week, so the goal is to move up as far as you can and be in the top-5 going into next week and you control your own destiny.”
Jordan Spieth had a mixed round yesterday making six birdies and three bogeys.
He’s ninth in the FedExCup rankings at the moment. If he can make the BMW Championship his first win of the year, he knows that will put him in a ‘dangerous’ position for the season finale.
"I'm in a good position this week to try to work my way to where next week I could be dangerous." - Jordan Spieth
“If you move forward from the time you start the Playoffs to the time you finish, you know you did something well,” said Spieth, who will make his Ryder Cup debut at Gleneagles. “So, that's the goal this year.”
“Right now, I'm down a couple spots from where I started, but I'm in a good position this week to try to work my way to where next week I could be dangerous.”