Result: Rory McIlroy six shots off the lead after first round of BMW Masters

Result: McIlroy six shots off pace in China
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Rory McIlroy sits six shots off the lead at the BMW Masters in China, while American Luke Guthrie tops the board on seven-under-par.

Former world number one Rory McIlroy sits six shots behind leader Luke Guthrie at the BMW Masters following the first round in China.

The Northern Irishman, who carded a one-under 71, looked to be starting strongly when he shot a birdie on the second, but dropped a shot on the fourth before keeping a steady pace.

A further two birdies and two bogeys kept McIlroy six shots off the lead, while Guthrie's form on the back nine ensured his place at the top of the board with a seven-under 65.

His fellow Americans John Daley and Peter Uihlein sit second and third on four-under and three-under respectively, while Graeme McDowell remains five shots off the pace.

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