Rory Returns to Form at BMW

August 27, 2021 Rory Returns to Form at BMW

By: Carlos Alvarez

McIlroy, Rahm & Burns (-8) on Top After Round 1 of BMW Championship

The opening round of the BMW Championship saw a number of low scores on Thursday, but one familiar name made headlines with a resurgent run to the top of the leaderboard. Rory McIlroy (-8) is back in contention after an unsteady 2021 season that yielded just one victory for the former World No. 1 golfer. He’s joined by Jon Rahm and Sam Burns at 8-under. Numerous players carved up Caves Valley Golf Club, though, leaving just seven of the 70 players in the field above even par after Round 1. McIlroy’s top-notch performance certainly adds intrigue heading into the weekend.


BMW Championship Leaderboard

R. McIlroy (-8)

J. Rahm (-8)

S. Burns (-8)

S. Garcia (-7)

P. Cantlay (-6)

A. Ancer (-6)


Notable Scorecards: W. Simpson (-5), H. Varner III (-5), D. Johnson (-5), X. Schauffele (-5), T. Finau (-5), H. Matsuyama (-5), S. Im (-5), P. Mickelson (-4), B. DeChambeau (-4), J. Thomas (-4), B. Koepka (-2), J. Spieth (-1), C. Morikawa (E)


Watch: BMW Championship Round 1 Highlights


Additional Storylines

Golf Digest: Why the BMW Championship Boasts the High Stakes That a Hefty Purse Can’t Buy

GolfWeek: After Launching 3-Wood Toward New Jersey Turnpike, A Refreshed Rory McIlroy Used 3 New Clubs in Round 1 of BMW Championship


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