Matt Kuchar Leads BMW Championship

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Matt Kuchar continues his fine form with an opening round of 64 at the BMW Championship at Cog Hill. Kuchar who is leading the Fedex Cup playoff finished one stroke clear of Ryan Moore.

The American hit six birdies and an eagle to finish an impressive 7-under-par and continues to stake claim to the £6.5million jackpot if he can hold the lead till the end of the four-tournament championship.

Kuchar enjoyed a near blemish free round which included a amazing 63 foot putt on the 12th but ended up dropping a shot on the eighth after finding the bunker twice.

“I’ve got good memories of this place, so it continued to go well for me,” he said after the round.

“Last week was a little bit suspect and this week I kind of figured some stuff out, hitting the ball solid and making some putts.”

Ryan Moore looked to be having an average day but the former US Amateur champion hit 29 on the back nine which sent him surging towards the top of the leader board and finding himself just one shot behind Kuchar.

Ian Poulter is the highest place Brit who finished the opening round with 66 and five-under-par despite a torrid tenth with a double bogey six. Poulter is keeping one eye firmly on the Ryder Cup in a months time.

“I was trying to get in that kind of mindset, making as many birdies as I did in the Ryder Cup last time around,” said Poulter.

“If you can somehow get into that frame of mind that anything is possible you can make 10 birdies in a round of golf.

“I want to perform again. It was special last time and it will be special again.”