McIlroy salvages opening round after struggle, still in the mix

McIlroy salvages opening round after struggle, still in the mix

Rory McIlroy’s opening round at the 151st Open Championship on July 20th could have dashed his hopes of claiming a fifth major. Despite being the pre-tournament favorite, McIlroy struggled with his driver and had difficulty sinking putts. On the 18th hole, he faced a crisis when his bunker escape landed back in the sand. However, he played a remarkable second attempt from a difficult stance, enabling him to escape with a par five and finish with an even par 71. McIlroy expressed his satisfaction with this outcome, considering the challenges he faced throughout the day.

McIlroy received strong support from the crowd at Royal Liverpool, where he had previously won the Open in 2014. Following that victory, he went on to win the US PGA title and appeared poised for domination. However, his performance in the first round of the 151st Open did not live up to expectations. Despite this setback, McIlroy remains determined to reduce the five-shot gap between him and the leaders in the upcoming rounds.

Reflecting on his round, McIlroy acknowledged the difficulty of playing from the bunkers and expressed relief at salvaging a par on the 18th hole. He admitted that he would not have been pleased with a bogey after the two shots he hit into the bunker. Overall, he was content with finishing the day at even par, considering the challenges he faced.

McIlroy’s near-win at last year’s Open and his second-place finish at the U.S. Open in June solidified his status as a favorite. However, concerns arose when his game faltered in the first round. Nevertheless, back-to-back birdies at the 14th and 15th holes brought the crowd to life and provided a glimmer of hope for McIlroy.

Looking ahead, McIlroy is optimistic about his chances in the remaining three days of the tournament. He mentioned that his putting improved on the back nine and expressed his desire to build on that momentum. Despite being two over par through 12 holes, he stated that he would have been satisfied with an even par finish. McIlroy remains confident in his ability to compete and aims to shoot a score in the 60s in the next round to position himself well in the tournament.

In conclusion, Rory McIlroy’s opening round at the 151st Open Championship presented challenges, but he managed to salvage an even par score. Despite his struggles, he remains determined and optimistic about his chances in the tournament.

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