Rory McIlroy misses out on early BMW Championship lead

Rory McIlroy
McIlroy is bidding to reclaim the lead on the season-long FedEx Cup
BMW Championship, first round (US unless stated)
-3 McIlroy (NI), Spieth, Woodland -2 Horschel, Henley, Kaymer (Ger), Hadley, Chappell, Every, DeLaet (Can), Garcia (Spa)

Rory McIlroy shares a three-way lead in the opening round of the BMW Championship in Denver.

Bogeys on the Northern Irishman's 15th and 16th holes saw him surrender a two-shot advantage to stay at three under par with US Ryder Cup player Jordan Spieth and compatriot Gary Woodland.

But poor weather saw play suspended with nine players still to finish.

McIlroy, 25, is bidding to reclaim the lead in the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup ahead of next week's finale.

The leaders are in front of eight players on two under par, including European Ryder Cup team member Martin Kaymer.

Sweden's Henrik Stenson is also on two under but is among those still to complete his first round.

FedEx Cup top five after two of four play-off events
1. Chris Kirk (US)4,154 points
2. Rory McIlroy (NI)3,335
3. Hunter Mahan (US)3,311
4. Jimmy Walker (US)2,823
5. Matt Kuchar (US)2,618

England's Justin Rose shot a one-under-par 69 with US Ryder Cup players Phil Mickelson and Jim Furyk finishing even par.

McIlroy blamed "sloppy" bogeys for preventing him from taking the outright lead.

He added: "I'm a little frustrated coming off the course, because I feel like it should have been better than what I finished."

The top 70 players on the FedEx Cup points list after the Deutsche Bank Championship qualified for this week's event at Cherry Hills Country Club in Denver.

Only the top 30 players will advance to the Tour Championship finale in Atlanta, which begins on 11 September.

American Chris Kirk - who holds the overall lead after two of the four FedEx Cup play-off events - hit a one-over-par opening round of 71.

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