KLM Open: Rory McIlroy plays waiting game on a long day
Rory McIlroy had a long wait — due to a combination of vandalism and heavy rain — on the opening day of the KLM Open in Hilversum in the Netherlands.
Forty-five minutes was lost before play commenced after vandals attacked the fourth, fifth, sixth and ninth greens and there was a further four-and-a-quarter hours lost near lunchtime when persistent rain made many of the putting surfaces unplayable.
Irish Open champion Simon Dyson and Germany's Marcel Siem head the field after posting five under par 70s.
The delay meant the afternoon half of the draw did not tee-up to very late in the day, including Ulster’s US Open champion McIlroy who arrived at the course at 11.30am local time and didn’t start his round until 5.45pm.
However the current World No. 4 was soon struggling on the greens — as he did last week in Switzerland — missing a three-footer for birdie at the first.
McIlroy then slapped the face of his putter when he missed a similar length putt for a par at the third.
When play was halted due to poor light close to 8pm local time, McIlroy had played eight holes to be still one over par.
Paul McGinley and Shane Lowry signed for level par 70s to head the Irish players who managed to complete their round.