Cherry Hills proves to be no pushover

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CHERRY HILLS VILLAGE, Colo. (AP) — Cherry Hills had not hosted a PGA Tour-sanctioned eventuality in scarcely 30 years. When factoring in a mile-high air, it is comparatively brief by debate standards. Players talked about scores in a low 60s. It looked like it competence be a fun place to play.

Nobody shot improved than 67 in a initial spin of a BMW Championship.

Rory McIlroy, a world’s No. 1 player, did conduct to strech 5 underneath when he reeled off 4 birdies in a five-hole widen around a turn. But he started scrambling for pars, and couldn’t hang on. He wound adult with a 3-under 67 and a share of a lead with Jordan Spieth and Gary Woodland.

“The scoring isn’t that good out there,” McIlroy said. “Not that it’s not good, it’s usually not that low. It’s tricky. It’s personification a small bit like a U.S. Open. we wouldn’t contend it’s utterly as formidable as that, yet it’s thick rough, generally around a greens, and organisation greens. That’s what they need to keep a scoring a approach it is.”

In this 69-man margin of chosen players, no some-more than 21 players pennyless par.

McIlroy and Sergio Garcia, who had a 68, pronounced there was a slight similarity to a U.S. Open. Phil Mickelson, who won a 1990 U.S. Amateur during Cherry Hills, non-stop with a 70 and pronounced it reminded him of Augusta National from a 1990s.

“The greens are a defense,” he said.

Nine players unsuccessful to finish a initial spin given of late storms. That enclosed Henrik Stenson, who was during 2 underneath with one hole to play.

Here are some things that had everybody articulate after one spin of a third FedEx Cup playoff event.

BOY WONDER: McIlroy now has left dual whole tournaments given his final victory, that usually stands out given of what he was winning. He won a British Open and PGA Championship, and threw in a World Golf Championship in between.

McIlroy has slipped to No. 2 in a FedEx Cup standings, yet he is positive a transparent shot during a $10 million reward for whoever wins a FedEx Cup.

The altitude wasn’t a problem during Cherry Hills. It was tough to get during some of a pins, and McIlroy did good during his widen of birdies. But after dual clever standard saves, he couldn’t get up-and-down from bunkers on Nos. 7 and 8.

He was frustrated. But he was atop a leaderboard. And that’s never a bad thing.

SPIETH: Spieth isn’t in a slump, either, yet he has left by a lull. He has had usually one tip 10 given The Players Championship in May, and that was during a John Deere Classic. The 21-year-old Texan was atop a leaderboard for a initial time after any spin given Saturday during The Players.

He is building toward his Ryder Cup entrance subsequent month, and Thursday was a good start. He done dual late birdies for a 67. Spieth pronounced his brief diversion was really good, and that was value zero given his brief diversion is among a best in golf.

ARNIE’S DRIVE: The initial hole during Cherry Hills is where Arnold Palmer hitched adult his pants and gathering a immature in a final spin of a 1960 U.S. Open, a start of his assign from a seven-shot necessity to win his usually U.S. Open.

The hole played 318 yards in 1960 with wound balls and wooden clubs.

It played 353 yards on Thursday, and all yet 10 players took a moment during a green. Only dual of them landed on a putting surface, and one actor done an eagle.

Fittingly, it was Palmer.

Ryan Palmer.

TAKING THE FIFTH: The fifth hole during Cherry Hills is a 524-yard standard 4, and not surprisingly, it played a toughest in a initial round. McIlroy’s second shot landed on a side of a mound, and he done what he considers a best up-and-down of a year. He played good right of a pin, strike a lofted representation that landed usually onto a immature and afterwards rode a slope to about 8 feet.

The normal measure was 4.594. There were usually dual birdies. Camilo Villegas done a putt from 30 feet. Garcia done his birdie putt from 15 feet.

RYDER CUP: Now that a Ryder Cup teams are set with a U.S. and Europe adding a 3 captain’s picks, it was tough not to demeanour during how a teams fared.

Europe has 6 of a 12 players during a BMW Championship. They were a total 7-under par. All 12 Americans are during Cherry Hills. Only one actor — Spieth — pennyless par. The group was a total 18-over par.

The 3 captain’s picks for a Americans were 9 over, led by Hunter Mahan during 75. He headed true for a range.

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