PORTRUSH (Northern Ireland): Frenchman Gregory Bourdy earned a late share of the first-round lead at the Irish Open on Thursday as home favourite Rory McIlroy's sloppy finish saw him slip five shots off the pace.
Bourdy matched Jeev Milkha Singh's seven-under 65 and was in the last group to finish on a rain and lightning-delayed opening day at Royal Portrush.
Jeev Milkha birdied six of his first nine holes for the clubhouse lead before a 90-minute break for weather and Bourdy's late charge.
Former US Open champion McIlroy bogeyed two of his last three holes to slip to two-under and a tie for 52nd.
McIlroy's Northern Irish compatriot and fellow major winner Graeme McDowell finished on one-under 71 after a double-bogey seven on No 17.
John Daly was alongside McIlroy on two-under 70. AP