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BMW Championship 2012: Day 1 Leaderboard Updates, Highlights and More

Mike ShiekmanFeatured ColumnistSeptember 6, 2012

A pair of this year’s major champions top the leaderboard, among others, following the first round of the 2012 BMW Championship.

PGA Championship winner Rory McIlroy shares the lead with reigning U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson, Bo Van Pelt and Canadian Graham DeLaet.

Tiger Woods went toe-to-toe with McIlroy in his group and lurks one stroke behind after shooting a 65.

McIlroy’s first round continues his blistering play of late, which includes the PGA Championship and a win at the Deutsche Bank Championship last weekend. The Northern Irishman seems back in form from a slow start to 2012.

Simpson fell off the map following his U.S. Open win in June, but he looks on point in the early stages. He finished the round with four straight birdies on the last four holes to tie for the lead.

While McIlroy and Simpson have continued their successes early on at Crooked Stick in Carmel, Ind., the rest of the leaders have not been intimidated. Half of the field shot 69 or better, with many threatening to hit double digits under par by Friday’s end.

Here’s how the leaderboard shakes out following Thursday’s action:

Position

Player

Score

T1

Rory McIlroy

-8

T1

Bo Van Pelt

-8

T1

Webb Simpson

-8

T1

Graham DeLaet

-8

T5

Tiger Woods

-7

T5

Vijay Singh

-7

T7

Ryan Palmer

-5

T7

Ryan Moore

-5

T7

Luke Donald

-5

The full leaderboard is available via ESPN.com.


Highlights

McIlroy and Woods were paired together in what was a thrilling battle for golf fans. Watch Woods get out of a sticky situation on the fifth hole, still managing to make a birdie:

Watch Simpson hit a 41-foot birdie putt at 17 to climb into first place. The U.S. Open champion has come alive again in the South:

 

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If anybody needs to get their blood boiling for the BMW Championship weekend, look no further than Norm McDonald. Here’s the comedian’s play-by-play as the first round entered its conclusion:


The Rory-Tiger friendship took center stage heading into the first-round pairing at Crooked Stick. Apparently, they fed into the off-course hype, literally, according to Golf Channel’s Jay Coffin:

The Tiger-Rory relationship is not fake. After they were done with obligations they went to the lockerroom and had a meal together.

— Jay Coffin (@JayCoffinGC) September 6, 2012

Set your alarm a few hours earlier for second-round action. The tournament times have changed due to weather, the PGA Tour announced earlier (via Twitter):

Due to the threat of inclement weather, @bmwchamps tee times for Rd. 2 have been moved up: 8 a.m.-10:01 a.m. ET. Threesomes off two tees.

— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) September 6, 2012

 

 

All tee times for round two of the BMW Championship can be seen at PGATour.com

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