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SportThomas falters as McIlroy shines

05:41  23 august  2019
05:41  23 august  2019 Source:   skysports.com

McIlroy and Rose in contention

McIlroy and Rose in contention Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose enjoyed strong starts to The Northern Trust as Tiger Woods faced an early exit after the opening day of the FedExCup Play-Offs. Troy Merritt matched the course-record of 62 to claim the outright lead on nine under par, one clear of two-time champion Dustin Johnson, while McIlroy and Rose both fired 65s as two-thirds of the field managed to break the par of 71.

McIlroy reached five under before failing to get up and down from a bunker at the 17th, but then saved par from off the final green for a fine 69. Four-time winner Woods, though, is eight behind and survived the cut with only two shots to spare after an error-ridden 75 - and he kicked his club away in disgust

Rory McIlroy and Justin Thomas are among those circling at Carnoustie, but Kevin Kisner leads The Open. It is perhaps the likes of 2014 victor McIlroy , Rahm and US PGA Championship holder Thomas that will give Kisner most cause for concern, though, as part of a pack of players all on two

Thomas falters as McIlroy shines © Getty Justin Thomas shares the lead after the first round

Justin Thomas lost control of the FedExCup as Xander Schauffele, Brooks Koepka and Rory McIlroy made significant moves in the first round at East Lake.

Thomas began the PGA Tour's season finale on 10-under par as the overall leader in the FedExCup standings after the first two events, but a ragged performance from tee-to-green saw his two-stroke advantage over the field wiped out.

A birdie at the last salvaged a level-par 70 which was enough to retain a share of the lead with Schauffele and Koepka, while a confident 66 from McIlroy left him just one stroke behind in the race for a $15m payday on Sunday evening.

Rory, Rose still in contention

Rory, Rose still in contention Justin Rose and Rory McIlroy both believe they are still in the hunt for Northern Trust victory after fast finishes to their third rounds.

Chris Kirk shot a bogey-free final round to clinch the Deutsche Bank Championship while Rory McIlroy finished joint-fifth at TPC Boston on Monday. The American, who was joint third with Rory McIlroy and Jason Day on 10 under going into the final day

Rory McIlroy and Justin Thomas are among those circling at Carnoustie, but Kevin Kisner leads the Open.

Thomas falters as McIlroy shines © Getty Rory McIlroy is just one back after a 66

Schauffele, the winner in Atlanta two years ago, was one of only two players in the elite 30-man field to keep a blemish off his card on the opening day as he carded six birdies in his best-of-the-day 64 which propelled him into the clubhouse lead on 10 under.

Three birdies in four holes from the third got Schauffele off to the start he craved, and he picked up further shots at 10 and 11 before another at 14 lifted him to the top of the leaderboard, although he missed a great chance for another from inside six feet at the last.

Thomas falters as McIlroy shines © Getty Brooks Koepka birdied three of the last four holes to join Thomas and Schauffele on 10 under

Schauffele soon had company in the clubhouse lead when Koepka produced a grandstand finish, the world No 1 making three birdies over the last four holes as he peppered the pins at 15 and 16 before holing from 12 feet on the final green to return a 67.

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Defending champion Rory McIlroy has a third round to forget at the Australian Open, all but ending his hopes of back-to-back wins in Sydney. Woods in contention as McIlroy falters .

Stephen Gallacher recovered from a nightmare start to become the first player to successfully defend the Dubai Desert Classic as Rory McIlroy fell off the pace with a final-round 74. Gallacher began the day with a two-shot lead over McIlroy

Thomas made an encouraging start when he rattled in a 25-footer for birdie at the second, but he was far from matching the imperious long-game that swept him to a three-shot win on 25-under par at last week's BMW Championship.

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The 2017 FedExCup champion dug deep to stay in red numbers and regained the outright lead with his third birdie of the round at the 14th, but a poorly-struck wedge to the 15th came up short and right and landed in the water hazard - a mistake which led to a double-bogey five.

Thomas scrambled a par at 16 and then lipped out from three feet for birdie on the 17th, but he ended a difficult day on a positive note when he safely two-putted from the fringe for a closing birdie which made it a three-way tie at the top, with McIlroy on his own on nine-under par.

Thomas falters as McIlroy shines © Getty Thomas was erratic from tee to green

McIlroy birdied the fourth and sixth either side of his only bogey of the day, and he followed six consecutive pars with three more gains over the next five holes before a bizarre finish to his 66, when he raced a six-foot birdie putt almost the same distance past the cup and managed to hole the return.

Patrick Cantlay, who began the tournament as Thomas' closest challenger, got to 10 under before mistakes at 14 and 16 dropped him back into a share of fifth with Matt Kuchar (66), while Hideki Matsuyama and Paul Casey also fired 66s to break into the top 10 with Jon Rahm (68) and Patrick Reed (70).

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Inspired McIlroy races into Crans contention.
Inspired McIlroy races into Crans contention

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