Castro leads by one at weather-hit BMW

Thu Sep 8, 2016 9:42pm EDT
 
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(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.   Continued...

 
Sep 8, 2016; Carmel, IN, USA; 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