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Rory McIlroy continued his return to form with a good start to a weather-interrupted first round of the BMW Championship at Crooked Stick, Indiana.
Just a week on from his superb comeback which saw him pip Paul Casey to the Deutche Bank Championship, the Northern Irishman was three-under for his first ten holes before storms brought an early end to play on day one before returning on Friday morning to add another birdie to finish four-under.
American Roberto Castro set the pace with a fine seven-under 65, one shot ahead of compatriot Brian Harman and two clear of US Open winner Dustin Johnson.
Castro’s round could have been even better but for a bogey on the last after taking three putts from the fringe on the 18th green. He had earlier reeled off five birdies in seven holes after going out in 33.
Johnson too might have hoped for better as, after moving to six-under with his sixth birdie of the day on 15, he found the water off the tee at the last and ended up dropping a shot.
McIlroy looks an entirely new player with renewed confidence around the greens following his victory last weekend.
He converted from 12 feet for a birdie on the first to set him on his way before fine back-to-back birdies on five and six moved him to three-under. He subsequently dropped a shot on the seventh but recovered with a birdie on nine to put himself back in contention.
Meanwhile, Casey is well-placed on after he also returned on Friday morning to complete first round 67, but world number one Jason Day could only manage a 73.
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