Rain could possibly dampen opening round of BMW Championship

Sep 6, 2007 - 2:27 PM By Andrew Both PA SportsTicker Golf Writer

LEMONT, Illinois (Ticker) -- The opening round at the BMW Championship started on time Thursday. But whether it would finish on time was another matter.

With a 60 percent chance of thunderstorms, officials moved the tee times forward in an effort to beat the possible bad weather.

Play began on a hot, muggy morning, with Justin Rose among those who got out of the blocks smartly, tied for the lead at 2-under-par after three holes at Cog Hill.

Tiger Woods also started nicely with birdies at his first two holes to join a logjam at the top.

Sixty-six players are in the field for the third event of the FedEx Cup playoff series, which concludes with next week's 30-player Tour Championship.

The winner of the playoff series - based on a points list - will collect $10 million, paid into the player's retirement fund.

Phil Mickelson, who decided to skip this week, leads the points table ahead of Americans Steve Stricker and Woods.

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