The 2012 BMW Championship began Thursday morning at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, Ind., and low scores are to abound. A four-way tie for first at 5-under features Ian Poulter, Bo Van Pelt, Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods.
Texas A&M alumnus Ryan Palmer is at 4-under through nine holes, leading a group of Texans still alive in the FedEx Cup playoffs.
Amarillo native and University of Texas grad Bob Estes is 1-over through eight holes, one of only 10 golfers in the 70-man field to be over par so far Thursday.
After the BMW Championship, the top 30 in FedEx Cup points advances to the TOUR Championship from Sept. 20-23 in Atlanta. McIlroy enters the BMW Championship with a commanding lead in the FedEx Cup standings. PGATour.com's live projected FedEx Cup standings, which take into account each player's live scoring at the BMW Championship, project Palmer to be in 46th place through his front nine Thursday.