Wednesday, Sep 17, 2014

Rory McIlory in red at The Barclays

 Rory Mcllroy hits out of a bunker on the 14th hole during the first round of The Barclays golf tournament at Ridgewood Country Club. (Source: USA Today Sports) Mcllroy hits out of a bunker on the 14th hole during the first round of The Barclays golf tournament. (Source: USA Today Sports)
Reuters | Posted: August 22, 2014 12:02 am

Rory McIlroy’s bid for a career first FedEx Cup got off to a disappointing start on Thursday as he shot a three-over par 74 in the first round at The Barclays, the opening tournament of the four-event playoffs.

The Northern Irishman, ranked first in the world and first in the FedExCup standings after winning the British Open, WGC-Bridgestone and PGA Championship in succession, trails the leading trio in the clubhouse by eight strokes.

Americans Cameron Tringale, Hunter Mahan and Charles Howell III, all shot five-under rounds of 66 at Ridgewood Country Club to share the clubhouse lead.

McIlroy, starting on the back nine, made a double-bogey and two bogeys before the turn and a birdie on the par-4 fifth hole was cancelled out by another bogey on his penultimate hole – the eighth.

But McIlroy slightly limited the damage by finishing his round with a birdie on the ninth hole to end at three-over.

Japan’s Ryo Ishikawa and Scotland’s Russell Knox were both a stroke behind the leaders after carding 67s.

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