19 Oct 2011

US Open champion joins leader in Bermuda

1:33 pm on 19 October 2011

The U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy birdied three of the last five holes in deteriorating weather to join Keegan Bradley in a tie for the lead after the opening round of the end-of-season PGA Grand Slam of Golf in Bermuda.

The 22-year-old Northern Irishman battled strengthening winds and a torrential downpour to fire a four-under-par 67 at Port Royal Golf Course in Southampton.

American Bradley, who won his first major title at the PGA Championship in August, had seized early control with a sizzling front nine of six-under 30 but he lost ground with two bogeys after the turn to be caught by McIlroy.