Rory McIlroy was tough to miss on Friday at the first round of the Deutsche Bank Championship -- not that you could easily miss the world's best player. Dressed in multiple shades of neon the Ulsterman strode TPC Boston to the tune of a 1-under 70 for the first 18 holes.
It was good, but it could have been better as McIlroy bogeyed three of his last five holes (he started on the back nine):
McIlroy, who trailed leader Keegan Bradley by five after round one, said it was a different track than the one he won at two years ago.
"Golf course (is) playing tougher than the last couple of years. It's firmer, rough is up, windier..."
Still, plenty of of the top 100 golfers on the FedEx Cup points list went after it early. McIlroy was in just 17th place at the time he finished.
He did start hot, however, which is why the way he finished was slightly disappointing. His start included three birdies in his first four holes. Here's the last of those three:
McIlroy will have to regroup a tad before making a run at the leaders over Labor Day weekend if he has any visions of winning his fourth PGA Tour event in five outings.