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Golf: McIlroy shares early lead at BMW Championship

Rory McIlroy fired a 67 to seize a share of the lead with Jordan Spieth and Gary Woodland, after the opening round of the BMW Championship which was postponed on Thursday (Sep 4) because of darkness.

CHERRY HILLS VILLAGE: Rory McIlroy fired a 67 to seize a share of the lead with Jordan Spieth and Gary Woodland, after the opening round of the BMW Championship which was postponed on Thursday (Sep 4) because of darkness.

Four-time major winner McIlroy rolled in four birdies in a five-hole stretch around the turn at the US$8 million PGA Tour event at the Cherry Hills Country Club course. There were nine players still on the course when the horn sounded for the end of play.

World number one McIlroy is aiming for his fourth win of 2014 which includes major titles at the Open Championship and the PGA Championship. US Open champion Martin Kaymer is one of nine players tied at two under. He stands alongside Spain's Sergio Garcia, Canada's Graham DeLaet, Matt Every, Billy Horschel, Kevin Chappell, Russell Henley and Chesson Hadley. Sweden's Henrik Stenson is also two-under par and was on the 18th hole when play was suspended. He will finish his round early Friday.

Justin Rose, who won this event two years ago, managed a one-under 69. He was joined there by Erik Compton, South Korea's K J Choi, Charles Howell, Ryan Palmer, Chris Stroud and Hideki Matsuyama of Japan. Jerry Kelly and 2008 champion Camilo Villegas are also one-under par, but have two holes and one hole to remaining their opening round.