McIlroy in touch as Guthrie leads BMW Masters

American Luke Guthrie is the first round leader of the BMW Masters in Shanghai following a stunning seven-under 65.


The 23 year old, who only turned professional last year and making his debut on the European tour, showed a mature head as he raced in a three-shot lead ahead of fellow countryman John Daly.


Guthrie, was one of only 13 players to shoot under par, enjoyed a bogey free round which included an eagle on the 15th.


“It was one of the better rounds I’ve ever played. I was really looking forward to this tournament on my schedule, and just can’t be more happy to be here “said Guthrie


Veteran golfer Daly, currently ranked 447 in the world, sit alone in second place after he enjoyed a bogey free round of his own, shooting a 68.


The former British Open and U.S. PGA Champion was only playing the high calibre field after receiving an invitation from the sponsors.


Daly should no ill effects from the elbow injury that has prevented him from playing in recent months, telling reporters after his 4 under round, “After not playing a competitive round in about 14, 15 weeks, it felt pretty good,”


“I just stayed calm and when you haven’t played in a while, you want to execute and hit solid shots.”


Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell, playing his first round of competitive golf in 5 weeks, is in fourth place after round of 70 alongside Englishman Paul Casey and Simon Dyson, Scot Craig Lee, Spain’s Pablo Larrazabal, Gregory Bourday of France and Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee.


Meanwhile former world number one Rory McIlroy is in contention for his first tournament win of the year after firing an opening round of 71.


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