Rory McIlroy won’t give up his third $ 15 million FedEx Cup bonanza after busting an eight-under-64 game to take the lead with Jon Rahm and Sam Burns in the BMW Championship in Baltimore.
The Holywood star threw a misbehaving threesome into a bush on Monday and fell out of the top 15 in the world for the first time since 2009.
But his new » Spoon « worked like a dream last night as he shot a 287-yard ball at 11 feet on the 16th and the eagle putt on his way to a share of the lead with Burns and world number 1, Rahm in the penultimate playoff , event rolled in.
The leading trio was two strokes ahead of Abraham Ancer and Patrick Cantlay, with McIlroy in the FedEx Cup standings on the 28th.
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« I went home, went to Florida Monday night after the Northern Trust, went into the garage and rummaged through a few different things, got my old putter out, got my old 3 -Wood, went to a new shaft in the driver and it seemed to work today, « said McIlroy.
» It’s not that I drove the ball badly. I’ve only had one driver that I felt was spinning a little too much, so I’d hit the wind a few times last week and it soared in the air.
« When I have a driver that spins just a little less, it’s more convenient for me to aim to the left and pull it off if I want. «
Sergio Garcia is also on the hunt after a round of his Ryder Cup – Will fuel wildcard hopes and is good news for skipper Pádraig Harrington.
Shane Lowry has to finish fifth in Caves Valley to make it to East Lake, but after taking a one-under-71 that leaving him in 46th place, he admitted that he was running out of breath.
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« I’m pretty devastated at the moment, » said Lowry, who will probably be playing for his Ryder Cup spot in the BMW PGA in Wentworth in two weeks’ time. “I’ve traveled a lot, a lot of air miles. It’s one of those who Atlanta would be a huge bonus if I can make it. I would be very happy to be there. I won’t fight to the death to make it, but I’ll try my best. «
Meanwhile, Hermitage rookie Rowan Lester took advantage of an invitation and opened with a two-under 68 in the Omega European Masters in Crans-sur- Sierre.
The Dubliner (25) was in 33rd place, eight strokes behind the Englishman James Morrison, who set a course record with 10 under par 60, led by three strokes from compatriot Marcus Armitage and French Robin Sciot- Siegrist.
Clandeboye’s Jonathan Caldwell finished 74th after a 70, but Cormac Sharvin has some work to do to avoid his fifth missed cut in a row after making five birdies, four bogeys and two double bogeys in an adventurous 73 has.
Tramore’s Robin Dawson recently completed a streak of 13 missed cuts and appears to be on the mend as he made eight birdies in a five-under 66 and only three shots behind Dane Marcus Helligkilde in the B -NL Challenge Trophy of the Challenge Tour.
Ballymenas Dermot McElroy shot 69 and shared 20th place in Holland, while Gavin Moynihan was 33rd after a 70, Michael Hoey 54th after a 71 and John Murphy was 92. after a 73rd.
In amateur golf, Great Britain and Ireland lead the US with 4.5-1.5 after winning both sessions on the opening day of the Curtis Cup in Wales. The hosts won the morning fours by 2.5-0.5, bringing in Annabel Wilson of Lurgan and Lauren Walsh of Castlewarden for the afternoon four balls.
Walsh helped Caley MacGinty beat Jensen Castle and Gina Kim 2&1, but Wilson and Emily Toy lost with a hole to world number 1 Rose Zhang and number 9 Allisen Corpuz.
Meanwhile defeated Ulster Connacht 7-2 and fought against Munster, who were 5-4 winners over Leinster, for the women’s interprovincials in Shannon. Connacht had an 8-3 win over Munster and faced Leinster, 6-5 winner over Ulster for the men’s title.
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