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Rory could be in for big summer after strong start at Wentworth

By Adam McKendry

Rory McIlroy is just two shots off the early lead at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth after he opened with a five-under par round of 67 in Surrey.

The World No.8, who said in his press conference on Wednesday that he was hopeful a win here could set him up for a big summer like in 2014, impressed around the West Course with a strong back nine of four-under par without a dropped shot taking him into a tie for third.

“It was nice to get off to a good start,” said former champion McIlroy. “I gave myself plenty of chances, drove it well and hit my irons a lot better.”

Danish player Lucas Bjerregaard holds the early lead at the European Tour’s flagship event after he fired a sparkling bogey-free seven-under round of 65, with South Africans Dean Burmester and Darren Fichardt finishing a shot ahead of McIlroy at six-under.

McIlroy’s fellow Ulsterman Graeme McDowell, in the week he was named as a vice-captain at this year’s Ryder Cup, finished on one-under for his opening round, while Dungannon’s Darren Clarke withdrew with an injury sustained in Tuesday’s practice round.

Of the Irish challengers, Shane Lowry sits at three-under par and Paul Dunne is at one-under, but Padraig Harrington struggled to a six-over 78.

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