Rory McIlroy has disastrous opening round at BMW Championship
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Rory McIlroy has disastrous opening round at BMW Championship

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Rory McIlroy's first round at the BMW Championship on Thursday exemplified everything that's gone wrong for McIlroy in 2013.

McIlroy shot 7-over 78 at Conway Farms just outside of Chicago, putting him almost dead last in the 70-player field and almost certainly out of the running to making the top 30 in FedEx Cup points and advancing to the Tour Championship next week in Atlanta.


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The dagger hole for the former world No. 1 was the first, his 10th of the day. After a 224-yard drive into the fairway at the 360-yard par 4, McIlroy tugged his wedge from 120 yards into a greenside bunker. From there, McIlroy came unraveled. His bunker shot went long of the pin, still not on the green. Then after getting his ball inside 5 feet with his fourth shot, McIlroy incredibly three-putted for triple-bogey 7.

That hole capped off a three-hole stretch where McIlroy played 5-over-par golf.

Rory McIlroy entered the week at 41st in FedEx Cup points, but has dropped precipitously as he has tumbled down the leaderboard. He is already double-digits shots behind the lead, making a charge in the final 54 holes not only unlikely but nearly impossible.

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