Rory McIlroy Not Happy With First Round At Cherry Hills


Sep 4, 2014; Englewood, CO, USA; Rory McIlroy tees off from the 9th hole during the first round of the BMW Championship at Cherry Hills Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Rory McIlroy has a share of the first-round lead at the BMW Championship, but a couple of bogeys down the stretch didn’t put the 25 year-old Northern Irishman in a good mood when it was over. With players not finishing their first rounds, McIlroy got in the clubhouse at three under par, and is tied with Gary Woodland, and Jordan Spieth for the lead.

The world’s number one player teed it up on the back nine at Cherry Hills Country Club on Thursday afternoon, and went bogey-free for 15 holes, getting it to five under par with three consecutive birdies after making the turn. It was the back-to-back bogeys at seven and eight that left him feeling frustrated.

"“I’m a little frustrated coming off the course, because I feel like it should have been better than what I finished,” McIlroy said. “But you can see by the scores, it’s pretty tricky out there … so a 67 is a really good start, even though it could have been a bit better.”"

Things can’t be too bad for Rory. He met, and has made friends with Denver Bronco’s Quarterback Payton Manning, and was given tickets to the Bronco’s opener on Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts. Not bad for a Soccer fan like Rory McIlroy.

"McIlroy described himself as a “big time” football fan. “Even though you guys play with pads on, which … I don’t understand,” McIlroy said."

Henrik Stenson has only completed 17 holes due to inclement weather at the end of the day on Thursday. The defending FedEx Cup champion is at two under par and through 17 holes. If he can make a birdie at 18, he would join the leaders at three under par.

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Billy Horschel and Russell Henley, who were challenging for the Deutsche Bank Championship last week are among the large group of players one-shot back that includes Henrik Stenson.

The former Florida Gator had an opportunity on Monday to catch DBC winner Chris Kirk until he hit his second shot in the hazard on the 72nd hole. It’s good to see that he appears to have put that big mistake in his rear-view mirror, and is back on yet another leaderboard.

Don’t look now, but Players and 2014 US Open Champ, Martin Kaymer has found his game again, and is in the group at two under par.

The new FedEx Cup points leader, Chris Kirk, is playing his third round of golf with Rory McIlroy, but did not fare as well on Thursday. The two-time winner on the 2014 season shot a one over par, and will begin his Friday four shots back.

The last man in, Jerry Kelly, along with Camilo Villegas are in the group at one under par, and are among the players who did not finish on Thursday evening. Kelly has finished 16 holes, and Villegas has one more hole to finish. With a couple of birdies this morning, Kelly could start the second round with a piece of the lead.