Rory co-leads crowded leader board at Cherry Hills

First Round – PGA Tour – FedEx Cup Playoffs – BMW Championship –Cherry Hills Country Club – Cherry Hills Village, Colorado –

Weather suspended the end of day one at Cherry Hills Country Club near Denver during the BMW Championship.

A handful of players have a couple of holes to finish up Friday to official wrap up the first round at the third leg of the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup Playoffs.

Three are tied at the top of the leader board after shooting 3-under-67. Part of the group is World No. 1 Rory McIlroy. Cruising along at 5-under with three holes to play, Rory bogeyed two in a row to slow his progress.

McIlroy, a 4-to-1 betting favorite at heading into the tournament, is joined by Jordan Spieth and Gary Woodland. Nine players – headlined by Sergio Garcia and U.S. Open champion Martin Kaymer – are 2-under. Henrik Stenson, the defending FedEx Cup champion, is also 2-under with a hole to finish on Friday.

FedEx Cup Playoffs standing leader Chris Kirk, coming off a victory last week at the Deutsche Bank in Boston, shot 1-over-71 playing alongside Rory and Hunter Mahan. Several high-profile players are 1-over with Kirk including Adam Scott, Rickie Fowler and Matt Kuchar.

Cherry Hills stood tall in round one, holding its own against players driving the ball more than 320 yards.

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