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Rose leads BMW Championship

England’s Justin Rose shot a fine eight-under 63, to claim a two-shot lead in the opening round of the BMW Championship at Cog Hill in the penultimate FedEx Cup playoff.

The world No40 had nine birdies and one bogey to finish one shot outside the course record set by Tiger Woods. The 31-year-old leads by two shots from Americans Webb Simpson and Mark Wilson.

"I didn't expect that going out there today," Rose said. "I looked to the weather, looked at the temperature and I thought today was going to be a day to hang in there. Little did I know I was about to play so well.

"It's certainly my best round of the year by a long, long way, and could have been top-five, top-10 rounds I've ever played, for sure. That was really, really good out there."

Although he is placed at 34 in the FedEx rankings, a win on Sunday would move Rose up to third.

"I've got nothing to lose this week," he said. "That's my strategy. That's my attitude. Right now, I'm not going to Atlanta. I've got everything to gain this week.”

Keeping tabs on Rose will be Simpson who is on a sizzling hot streak.

Having won his first PGA Tour in Greensboro a month ago and two weeks later claiming the Deutsche Bank Championship, the 26-year-old tops the FedEx Cup and is positioned nicely at Cog Hill.

"Luckily, I was able to keep the momentum in the good stretch I had in Boston going into today," Simpson said.

"We got off to a really good start and made a few really good saves there in the middle of the round and finished with a couple birdies coming in. It was a good day for the tough course and tough conditions we were facing."

It wasn’t so easy for everyone.

Defending champion, Dustin Johnson spluttered to a 76, Jason Day made 77 and Bubba Watson failed to make a single birdie in a round of 78.

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