TAKING THE FIFTH: The fifth hole at Cherry Hills is a 524-yard par 4, and not surprisingly, it played the toughest in the first round. McIlroy's second shot landed on the side of a mound, and he made what he considers the best up-and-down of the year. He played well right of the pin, hit a lofted pitch that landed just onto the green and then rode the slope to about 8 feet.
The average score was 4.594. There were only two birdies. Camilo Villegas made a putt from 30 feet. Garcia made his birdie putt from 15 feet.
RYDER CUP: Now that the Ryder Cup teams are set with the U.S. and Europe adding its three captain's picks, it was hard not to look at how the teams fared.
Europe has six of its 12 players at the BMW Championship. They were a combined 7-under par. All 12 Americans are at Cherry Hills. Only one player — Spieth — broke par. The team was a combined 18-over par.
The three captain's picks for the Americans were 9 over, led by Hunter Mahan at 75. He headed straight for the range.