Get ready for “Sunday Night Football” with Rory McIlroy


Rory McIlroy finished in a tie for 22nd in The Barclays. (Darren Carroll / Getty Images)

Rory McIlroy plans to play in the BMW Championship in Colorado next week, but it may have more to do with football than with golf.

“One of the reasons why I want to go to Denver, as well, is the Broncos play the Colts on Sunday night,” McIlroy said (via GolfChannel.com). “So I want to go to that, as well, first game of the season. I’ve heard a lot of great things about Cherry Hills [Country Club]. The ball obviously goes a mile there so I’m looking forward to that, like hitting 7‑irons 220 [yards].”

Technically, Colts-Broncos isn’t the first game of the season — it’s the first Sunday night game of the season. In one of those happy coincidences, the game will be the first of NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” telecasts and the BMW just happens to be scheduled for NBC as well. McIlroy can finish up his round, assuming he makes the cut after his moon-shot drives, and head for Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium for a full day of exposure on NBC.

“I was thinking about [skipping the BMW], but you know what? I feel fine. I feel fresh,” McIlroy said. “I have no problem playing a lot of golf. I’ll see where I stand [after this weekend's Deutsche Bank Championship], but I’m 90 percent going to be in Denver for sure.”

McIlroy, who finished in a tie for 22nd in The Barclays over the weekend, might also be motivated to play a little more by the fact that Hunter Mahan, who won The Barclays, vaulted ahead of him in the FedEx Cup standings. The first-place finisher gets a $10 million bonus.

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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