Jon Rahm and Rory McIlroy were the early pace setters on day one of the second FedEx Cup play-off event of the season at the BMW Championship, as the pair both carded an impressive eight-under-par 64.
The Spaniard – who heads into the event second in the FedEx Cup standings – enjoyed a bogeyless day one to kick off his BMW Championship title defence, and started in typical Rahm style by carding five birdies in his first eight holes.
The US Open champion then added a further three through the back nine to ensure he shot a 64 – his eighth consecutive round in the 60’s – to leave him tied at the top after day one in Maryland.
He is joined by four-time major champion McIlroy, after the Northern Irishman also opened up with a superb opening round 64, to join the world number one in the clubhouse on eight-under.
Ahead of the second FedEx Cup play-off, McIlroy spoke about how his hectic 2021 campaign has left him feeling ‘jaded’ heading into the last two Tour events of the season, and the Ryder Cup in four weeks’ time.
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FedEx Cup leader, and last week’s Northern Trust winner Tony Finau carried his play-off form from the opening tournament into this one by carding a five-under 67 to leave him in a tie for fifth.
The 31-year-old’s day one 67 included a superb eight birdies, however a bogey and a double bogey on consecutive holes on 13 and 14 cost him an even stronger start, and a share of the opening day lead.
Leaders, Rahm, McIlroy and Burns along with Finau and the rest of the field will resume their FedEx Cup play-off charge tomorrow, with round two getting underway at 2:40pm BST.