Rory McIlroy holed a miraculous chip-in birdie on his approach to taking pictures a 5-under-par 65 and incomes a share of the first-round lead on the BMW Championship on Thursday at Olympia Fields (Unwell.) Nation Membership.
By day’s finish, the Northern Irishman was tied with Open champion Brian Harman for the lead on the second leg of the three-week FedEx Cup playoffs. Harman carded three birdies on the entrance 9, three on the again, with a bogey on the par-4 twelfth gap.
One shot again have been World No. 1 Scottie Scheffler, reigning U.S. Open winner Wyndham Clark, Rickie Fowler, Chris Kirk, Sahith Theegala and England’s Matt Fitzpatrick at 66.
McIlroy turned in a bogey-free spherical regardless of hitting simply three of 14 fairways in regulation on an uncharacteristically poor day along with his driver. On the par-4 seventeenth gap, his drive missed far left and his second shot snuck between timber and rolled over the again of the inexperienced.
That set him up for a 40-foot pitch shot that lightly rolled into the left nook of the cup for his fifth and ultimate birdie of the spherical.
The defending FedEx Cup champion, McIlroy entered the week No. 3 within the standings and Harman ranked ninth. The highest 30 gamers after the completion of this event will qualify for the season-ending Tour Championship subsequent week in Atlanta.
Theegala and Fitzpatrick are doing what they will to play their means into the sector. Theegala entered the week No. 31 within the standings — first man out of Atlanta — and Fitzpatrick is No. 40. Theegala’s spherical included a 167-yard hole-out for eagle on the par-4 14th.
Fowler was tied for the lead at 5 below when his drive at No. 17 splashed right into a water hazard. He completed the spherical bogey-par. Scheffler was even on the flip earlier than birdieing Nos. 11, 12, 13 and 15 to maneuver up the leaderboard.
Tied for ninth at 3-under 67 have been Collin Morikawa, Cameron Younger and Canadian Corey Conners. Spaniard Jon Rahm, the FedEx Cup chief getting into this week, opened with a 2-under 68, as did Jordan Spieth, Patrick Cantlay, Max Homa and South Korea’s Sungjae Im.
Lucas Glover, the 43-year-old who has received every of the previous two weeks on tour, carded an even-par 70.
—Area Degree Media