BMW Championship: Jason Day misses out on a 59 in Chicago

Jason Day
PGA champions Jason Day scored nine birdies and an eagle in his 61
BMW Championship first round leaderboard:
-10 J Day (Aus); -6 D Berger (USA), J Spieth (USA), H English (USA), K Na (USA), J Thomas (USA), B Watson (USA). Selected others -4 P Casey (Eng); -3 R McIlroy (NIr); -1 J Rose, I Poulter

Australia's Jason Day failed in his attempt to card a 59 in the first round of the BMW Championship in Chicago but still hit a career-best 61.

Play was abandoned because of bad weather on Thursday with Day, 27, facing a 44-yard chip on his last hole, to become the seventh man to card a 59.

The US PGA champion had nine birdies and an eagle in his 10-under-par round.

Day leads by four from a group of six, including American Jordan Spieth, who hit a hole-in-one on the second.

Northern Ireland's world number one Rory McIlroy completed his round with six successive pars to finish on three under.

Paul Casey is the highest-placed Englishman in joint 10th on four under, with compatriots Justin Rose and Ian Poulter among those tied for 32nd on one under.