Three tied for the lead in Baltimore
Rory McIlroy made a strong start to the BMW Championship in Baltimore on Thursday as he shot a round of 64 to share the lead with Jon Rahm and Sam Burns.
The world number 16 needs a strong showing this week to ensure he can play in the Tour Championship in Atlanta next week, and he is in a good position to do that after his first round in Baltimore. He is 4001.00 to win the tournament, while Rahm's recent form means he is 4001.00 to win yet again on the PGA Tour.
McIlroy showed his frustration last week at The Northern Trust as he threw his 3-wood towards the Jersey Turnpike as he settled for a share of 43rd in New Jersey.
The Northern Irishman says he went back home and decided to use some of his old clubs, and it looks to have paid off as he shared the lead with three rounds to go.
It's hard to feel fresh at this time in the season.Rory McIlroy
He told the Irish Independent: "I went home, I went down to Florida after Northern Trust on Monday night, went into the garage and rummaged through a few different things, got my old putter back out, got my old 3-wood, went to a new shaft in the driver and it seemed to work out today.
"It's not as if I was driving the ball badly. I just had a driver I felt was spinning a little too much, so a couple of times last week, into the wind, I'd hit it, and it would balloon up in the air."
Rahm, Burns and McIlroy sit on eight-under-par, while Sergio Garcia is one shot further back on seven-under-par.
Mexico's Abraham Ancer and American Cantlay share fifth on six-under, while 12 players share seventh place, including Dustin Johnson, Xander Schauffele, Tony Finau and Hideki Matsuyama.