Sep 9, 2012; Carmel, IN, USA; Rory McIlroy poses with both the Western Golf Association Open Championship Cup and the BMW Championship Trophy after winning the BMW Championship at Crooked Stick Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

BMW Championship 2012: Rory McIlroy Shoots Final Round 67 In 2nd Straight Win

Rory McIlroy shot a final round 67 en route to his second straight PGA TOUR and FedEx Cup Playoff win at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, Indiana.

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2012 BMW Championship: Rory McIlroy Tied For Lead

The first round of the 2012 BMW Championship is well under way and Rory McIlroy is atop the leaderboard. The 23-year-old has gotten off on the right foot in search of his second straight tour victory, firing a first-day 64 that put him in a four-way tie with Webb Simpson, Bo Van Pelt and Graham DeLaet at 8-under after 18 holes.

Tiger Woods is in fifth place, one shot back of the leaders, after shooting a 65. Woods finished with nine birdies and two bogeys on Thursday. Phil Mickelson is five back after an opening-day 69 that began with a 3-under front nine, but closed with a back-and-forth back nine that saw Lefty card three bogeys to match his three birdies.

Woodstock, Vt., native Keegan Bradley is still on the course at 1-under through 15 holes. Bradley recovered from back-to-back bogeys on 13 and 14 to post a birdie on 15.

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BMW Championship Leaderboard: Tiger Woods 1 Stroke Behind Leaders After 9 Holes

The BMW Championship, the second-to-last leg of the FedEx Cup Playoffs, has commenced at Crooked Stick Golf Course in Carmel, IN, and currently England's Ian Poulter and American Bo Van Pelt are tied for the lead at 5-under par. Pulter has completed 12 holes, while Van Pelt is thru 10.

Lurking is Tiger Woods, ranked No. 3 in the FedEx Cup points standings, Zach Johnson and Jimmy Walker who are all 4-under par and in a three-way tie for second place. Walker has played 12 holes, while Johnson and Woods have finished nine.

Woods is playing with No. 1-ranked Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland, who's close behind at 3-under, and No. 3 Nick Watney, who's 1-over thrue nine.

Woodstock, VT native Keegan Bradley is 1-under par after five holes.

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