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A promising start to BMW Championship for NI Duo!

Europe's Graeme McDowell celebrates with Rory McIlroy during day three of the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles Golf Course, Perthshire.

Yesterday at Medinah, both Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell had a great opening round, both securing a 3 under par 69.

At the start of the week McIlroy was ranked 3rd in FedEx Cup behind having finished tied for 20th at Northern Trust last week.

 The BMW Championship is the second of three events in the US PGA tour’s FedEx Cup play-offs. The field consists of the Top 70 players which will be whittled down to the top 30 players who will qualify for the Tour Championship next week for the chance to become FedEx Cup champion.

McIlroy and McDowell are currently four shots behind clubhouse leaders Justin Thomas and Jason Kokrak who finished at 7 under par yesterday. McDowell had the more impressive start with a birdie on the first, followed by an eagle at five and another birdie on the 7th as he reached the turn on four-under. McIlroy on the other hand had four birdies and a bogey, as he finished the day one shot behind playing partners Brook Koepka and Patrick Reed.

Recent Open winner Shane Lowry managed a level par round of 72, after he birdied on the 18th.

Joint course leader Justin Thomas, who carded 7 under par told the media he has the worst warm up ever before his opening round yesterday. Thomas said he “couldn’t hit the ball” in practice before teeing off.

“I had the worst warm-up I’ve ever had in my life,” he said.

“I had no idea what I was doing. I didn’t know how I was going to hit it.

“I’ve had that happen plenty of times, just not quite that extreme. I’m usually pretty good at finding my way around a golf course and finding something, but definitely didn’t expect that.”  Despite his despair in warm up he managed seven birdies and no bogeys at all!

It’s all to play for today and we wish the Irish contingent the very best of luck!

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