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Disastrous Open Start For McIlroy Following Quadruple Bogey On First

Rory McIlroy could hardly have contemplated a worse possible start to this year’s Open Championship in Portrush.

One of the favourites heading into Thursday’s first day and equipped with a vast knowledge of the Royal Portrush course (including the course record of 61) McIlroy’s opening hole proved to be a disaster.

The four-time major winner was greeted with cheers at the first tee box, but his drive was wild and astonishingly found it’s way out of bounds.

His provisional shot from the tee box wasn’t much better as it also found it’s way left before McIlroy then found himself in deep rough and was forced to take an unplayable and a drop.

McIlroy eventually found the green with his sixth shot and after two-putting, finished with a disastrous four over par eight to start his Open Championship.

The 30-year-old recovered his composure slightly on the second hole but again bogeyed the third as his nightmare start continued.

It took until the par 5 seventh before McIlroy finally had something to smile about as he moved back to four over par with a birdie as he looks to kickstart his challenge.

Elsewhere it was contrasting fortunes for fellow Irish golfer Shane Lowry who has started off excellently and currently sits in a tie for second on four- under par.

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Author: Oisin McQueirns

Oisin McQueirns is a digital journalist at Pundit Arena. Massive fan of Leeds United, Ric Flair and Trusting The Process. Contact him here [email protected]