Irish Open: World No 1 Rory McIlroy well below par as his homecoming turns into a nightmare
Rory McIlroy had a day to forget as he turned into the host with the most after a horrendous opening round of 80 at Royal County Down.
It left him at the foot of the leaderboard in the event he is backing. Peter Hutcheon goes through his 18 holes to forget. (His round started at the 10th hole)
Hole 10: Par 3, 196 yards. A fairly straightfoward start and no indication of the troubles to come as he found the putting surface easily enough and although he missed a 15-foot birdie puut he popped in his second for par. Level par.
Hole 11: Par4, 442 yards. After a reasonable drive McIlroy missed the green with his approach. He played a poor pitch and was unable to make his par putt. Plus one.
Hole 12: Par 5, 525 yards. McIlroy did manage to find the green in two after a great drive, but he missed a makeable birdie putt and ended up three-putting for his par. Plus one.
Hole 13: Par 4, 446 yards. The world number one left himself with just 130 yards to the green after a great drive but pitched it 40 yards from the flag and needed a good approach putt to save par. Plus one.
Hole 14: Par 3, 212 yards. The second par three of his round presented no real difficulty for McIlroy who found the green from the elevated tee but missed a lengthy birdie putt. Plus one.
Hole 15: Par 4, 468 yards. He found the fairway off the tee but from a good lie produced a terrible approach well right of the green and he failed to get up and down. Plus two.
Hole 16: Par 4, 337 yards. With the green just about in reach for McIlroy off the tee he was frustrated to drop a shot here after finding the bunker off the tee. Plus three.
Hole 17: Par 4, 433 yards. Another shot gone as McIlroy missed the green after a good drive and then an uncharacteristically poor chip left him a six-footer for par which he missed. Plus four.
Hole 18: Par 5, 548 yards. Again a birdie opportunity for most of the field but McIlroy managed to drop a shot with another three-putt for a very ugly six. Plus five.
Hole 1, Par 5, 539 yards. A par at least stopped the rot after that run of four bogeys in a row, but it will have felt like a dropped shot with the green well in range in two from the tee. Plus five.
Hole 2, Par 4, 444 yards. A difficult hole out of the way with a par after he found the fairway with his blind tee shot. Found the green in regulation and two putts for par. Plus five.
Hole 3, Par 4, 475 yards. McIlroy was stretching his hamstring a little as he waited for his playing partner Rickie Fowler to putt. Another birdie putt missed, but the hole out of the way in par. Plus five.
Hole 4, Par 3, 229 yards. More trouble for McIlroy as he failed to find the green with his tee-shot. He failed to get up and down and ended up with his sixth bogey of the day. Plus six.
Hole 5, Par 4, 440 yards. McIlroy's approach to the green was well off target and a very clumsy chip left him miles away from the flag and again he couldn't get up and down. Plus seven.
Hole 6, Par 4, 396 yards. By now deeply frustrated at how his day was going, McIlroy did set up a birdie chance which looked to be about to drop before veering off line at the last minute. Plus seven.
Hole 7, Par 3, 144 yards. Without doubt the defining moment of the round as his tee-shot ended up on the third fairway rather than the green. Missed his par putt. Plus eight.
Hole 8, Par 4, 429 yards. Problems off the tee again as he pushed his drive into the heavy rough and was unable to get back into position. Two putts for yet another bogey. Plus nine.
Hole 9, Par 4 483 yards. He kept trying to the end, but the putts just wouldn't drop. Found the green in two but in the end had to make a good putt for his par. Plus nine.