Rory McIlroy is in a four-way tie for the lead going into today’s second round at golf’s BMW Championship, where play will begin early because of the threat of bad weather.
McIlroy, who won the second of the four U.S. PGA Tour playoff events on Sept. 3, is at 8 under par alongside U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson, Bo Van Pelt and Canada’s Graham DeLaet.
Tiger Woods, who is paired to play with McIlroy in the opening two rounds, and Vijay Singh are one stroke behind the leaders after both players shot 7-under-par 65 in yesterday’s first round at Crooked Stick Golf Club.
“I’ve always enjoyed playing with Tiger,” McIlroy told reporters. “Every time that we’re paired up, we seem to have a good time.”
Because of heavy rain this week at the course in Carmel, Indiana, players were permitted to pick up their ball, clean it and replace it on the fairways yesterday. The soft conditions on the opening day allowed 60 of the 70 players to score even par or better.
Play will begin at 8 a.m. local time today, almost three hours earlier than planned, to avoid the threat of thunderstorms in the afternoon.
McIlroy’s win at the Deutsche Bank Championship four days ago came three weeks after he captured the PGA Championship, his second major title after the 2011 U.S. Open. The latest victory for the 23-year-old from Northern Ireland was his fifth on the PGA Tour and third this year on the world’s richest golf circuit.
Following a one-week break after the BMW Championship, the top 30 players on the points list will contend for the FedExCup title and the champion’s $10 million bonus at the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta.