Justin Rose, of England, putts on the ninth hole during the first round of the BMW Championship golf tournament at Cherry Hills Country Club in Cherry Hills Village, Colo., Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
Brennan Linsley
September 04, 2014

CHERRY HILLS VILLAGE, Colo. (AP) Rory McIlroy ran out of par saves and had to settle for a 3-under 67 and a share of the lead Thursday in the BMW Championship.

McIlroy appeared to be on his way to building a big lead at Cherry Hills when he made four birdies in a five-hole stretch around the turn. A pair of bogeys late in his round left him frustrated.

Jordan Spieth made two late birdies for a 67. Gary Woodland joined them at the top.

Cherry Hills is one of the shortest courses of the year and it held up fine. Only 21 players from the 69-man field were under par when the round was halted because of lightning in the area.

Henrik Stenson was at 2 under playing his final hole.

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