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Rory McIlroy battles to stay in touch as hot Day shines at BMW Championship

By Staff Reporter

Rory McIlroy is trying to stay on the coat-tails of Jason Day at the $8,250,000 BMW Championship at Conway Farms, Illinois.

McIlroy, was three under par after 12 holes when play was suspended due to bad weather, seven shots behind Day on 10 under after 17.

Jordan Spieth was sitting at five under after 17.

American Daniel Berger led in the clubhouse with a six under 65.

Ulsterman McIlroy (26) is set to play in next week's TOUR Championship at East Lake, Atlanta as the battle for FedEx Cup points reaches a climax.

Darren Clarke, meanwhile, is seven shots off the lead after a first round two under par 70 in the Italian Open at the Golf Club Milano in Monza.

The European Ryder Cup captain fired an eagle, four birdies and four bogeys.

Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts leads on nine under par, two ahead of Francesco Molinari, Shiv Kapur and Kristoffer Broberg.

Clarke's Ryder Cup predecessor Paul McGinley is four under, with Padraig Harrington joining the Ulsterman on two under.

Damien McGrane is level par, while fellow Irishmen Kevin Phelan, Simon Thornton and rookie pro Gavin Moynihan are all one shot worse off.

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