TULSA, Oklahoma: Red-hot Rory McIlroy grabbed the spotlight from his super group enjoying companions Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth on Thursday (May 19) by powering into the early first-round clubhouse lead at the PGA Championship with a five-under 65 at steamy Southern Hills.
Looking to finish an eight-year main drought, McIlroy arrived in Tulsa in very good kind having recorded top-five finishes at his final two occasions, together with runner-up at the Masters.
The Northern Irishman carried that momentum to Southern Hills, carding seven birdies offset by a pair bogeys for a one- shot clubhouse lead over Americans Will Zalatoris and Tom Hoge.
“I’ve been playing well coming in here,” stated McIlroy, twice winner of the PGA Championship. “I’ve been carrying some good kind.
“I think when your game is feeling like that, it’s just a matter of going out there and really sticking to your game plan, executing as well as you possibly can, and just sort of staying in your own little world.”
McIlroy’s first-round struggles at majors are properly documented having made a behavior of digging himself into early holes.
But this main it will likely be Woods needing to rebound after slumping to a four-over 74.
Woods, again in motion for the primary time since his sensational return to competitors at April’s Masters, 14 months after a automotive crash practically claimed his proper leg, wasted no time thrilling the group with a birdie on his opening gap.
Playing the again 9 first, the 15-times main winner turned up the excitement with a second birdie at the 14th however it was all downhill from there as the previous world primary piled up seven bogeys together with two to finish his day.
The pained expression on Woods’s face as he walked off the course was in stark distinction to the joyful look he had 5 weeks earlier at Augusta National when the 46-year-old shocked the golf world by firing a gap one-under-par 71 on his return to competitors.
“I got off to a great start and didn’t keep it going,” stated Woods. “I actually didn’t give myself any appears for birdie.
“I was struggling trying to get the ball on the green, and I missed quite a few iron shots both ways. It was a frustrating day.”
It was additionally a day of frustration for Spieth as his bid to finish the profession Grand Slam of golf’s 4 majors obtained off to an unimpressive two-over 72 begin.
The featured group of McIlroy, Woods and Spieth, who personal a mixed 22 main titles, was like a large magnet pulling within the early spectators who lined nearly each gap from tee to inexperienced.
With the afternoon wave hitting the course, nonetheless, the spotlight will shift to a different high-profile group that includes world primary and Masters champion Scottie Scheffler, US Open champion Jon Rahm and British Open winner Collin Morikawa.
Source : channelnewsasia.com