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Rory McIlory in red at The Barclays

World No.1 McIlory trails the leading trio in the clubhouse by eight strokes after first round of 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)
By: Reuters | Published on: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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