Rory McIlroy off to a hot start in his opening round at the Deutsche Bank Championship

Shane Bacon
Devil Ball Golf
Rory McIlroy
NORTON, MA - AUGUST 29: Rory Mcllroy of Northern Ireland takes his second shot on the 18th during the first round of the Deutsche Bank Championship at the TPC Boston on August 29, 2014 in Norton, Massachusetts. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

For Rory McIlroy, the start of the FedEx Cup playoffs was the first real letdown of this incredible summer run from the No. 1 player in the world. Atop the FedEx Cup rankings before the Barclays, McIlroy never really got it going on the weekend after a Friday 65, finishing T-22, stopping his run of three straight wins and forcing the 25-year-old to recharge his batteries.

Just a week later, it looks like Rory did just that, coming out on fire during the opening round of the Deutsche Bank Championship. Starting on the 10th hole, Rory stuck his opening approach shot to just a couple of feet to get his round going with a birdie, but it didn't stop there.

McIlroy rolled in a bomb on the par-3 11th for two in a row, and after a par on the 12th, hit another approach shot to just a couple of feet for his third birdie in four holes.

Rory's round is still going, but I couldn't imagine a better start for the man searching for his first FedEx Cup title and a second win at this championship.