The BMW Championship got off to a flying start here at Crooked Stick Golf Club, Carmel, Indiana, Its bunched at the top of the leaderboard after Thursdays opening round. Four players are sharing the top position at -8 under par, after rounds of 64 they are; Webb Simpson
, Bo Van Pelt
, Graham DeLae
t and last weeks winner, World number one Rory McIlroy
. Rory and Tiger Woods
were paired up for this opening round, and they seemed to enjoy it, Rory said;
"I’ve always enjoyed playing with Tiger, and every time that we’re paired up, we seem to have a good time. I felt like my iron play was some of the best it’s been all year, basically in my whole life. I was giving myself a lot of opportunities to attack the pins from the fairways as well. I just have to try and keep doing that for the next three days. With the soft conditions, you could really shoot a number out there, and I did."
Tiger was very complementary about Rory, and his impact on the game of golf;
"It’s a lot of fun, this is the next generation of guys coming out. He hits it great, putts it great, and on top of that, he’s just a really nice kid. The game of golf is in great hands with him, and he’s here to stay. I wasn't playing particularly well, but I scored. Rory, on the other hand, played beautifully today. Every single part of his game was working. It all looked good. I was very fortunate to post the number I shot."
Tiger and Rory/Halleran/Getty Images
Just one behind after finishing with rounds of 65 and scores of -7 under par are Tiger Woods
and Vijay Singh
, both previous winners of the FedEx Cup.
Another shot further back are three players on -6 under par; Luke Donald
, Ryan Moore
and Ryan Palmer
. There are a plethora of players at -5 and -4 under par, the course is playing very easy with the recent rain softening the greens and also the players are allowed to pick, clean and place their ball, none of that tough stuff we have to play through, all we get is play the ball as it lies.
One of the TV commentators was talking about the new BMW M5, saying it was much more fuel-efficient than the old model. That is not much consolation for us guys down here in New Zealand, the government have just increased the price of gas because all us good Kiwi's have bought fuel-efficient cars. This means that we are not buying as much fuel as we used to, that's got to be good, right. Not so, say the government, it means they are losing tax dollars, so they increased the price of gas to compensate.
I am currently between BMW's, having recently sold my 7 series, so at the moment I am in a vacuum, and a little crest fallen.