Castro leads by one at weather-hit BMW
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[September 09, 2016]
(Reuters) - Roberto Castro
upstaged some of the biggest names in golf to take a one-shot lead
at the rain-hit BMW Championship on Thursday with a seven-under-par
65, while defending champ Jason Day ended the day eight strokes back
after a six bogey 73.
FedEx Cup points leader Patrick Reed managed a respectable two-under
70 while Rory McIlroy, winner of the Deutsche Bank Championship on
Monday, was three-under after 10 holes.
Castro reeled off eight birdies before missing a six-foot par putt
at 18 at Crooked Stick in Carmel.
He was among 33 players who completed their rounds, while the other
36 will resume early on Friday in the third of the PGA Tour's four
FedEx Cup playoff events.
Brian Harmon trails by one stroke, while major champions Dustin
Johnson and Jason Dufner shot 67s and sit two back.
U.S. Open champion Johnson was challenging for the lead until making
bogey on the par-four 18th.
Castro is hoping to make a name for himself on the same Pete
Dye-designed course where long-hitting John Daly emerged from
obscurity to win the 1991 PGA Championship.
He said he tended to thrive on the challenge of playing a course
with danger lurking at every corner.
"I do better on tougher courses sometimes," he told reporters. "It
snaps me into focus. (On) Pete Dye courses there are a lot of shots
where it's do or die, so I think it probably helps me.
"It's great to be one of the top 70 this year. I told myself the
last two weeks really to play like I have nothing to lose. Making a
bunch of birdies is a good way to start."
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Roberto Castro lines up a putt on the 18th hole during the first
round of the BMW Championship at Crooked Stick GC. Mandatory Credit:
Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
Castro also said the thunderstorms that stopped play for more than
three hours had drastically changed the complexion of the course.
"It was very different before and after. It was really firm before
the delay. The greens were firm. And then after the delay really
(Reporting by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina; Editing by Peter
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