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Tough opening round leaves Rory McIlroy battling to make cut at US PGA

Published 28/07/2016

Rory McIlroy was struggling in the US PGA Championship (AP)
Rory McIlroy was struggling in the US PGA Championship (AP)
Rory McIlroy was struggling in the US PGA Championship

Rory McIlroy faces an uphill battle to maintain his brilliant record in the US PGA Championship after struggling to an opening 74 at Baltusrol.

McIlroy blamed poor putting for his failure to record a single birdie after four bogeys left him nine shots behind clubhouse leader Jimmy Walker, with England's Ross Fisher and Argentina's Emiliano Grillo a shot off the summit.

"Tee to green is not the problem, but when I get to the greens it's a different story," McIlroy, 27, said.

"I had a couple of chances early on that I could not convert and then missed a couple of greens and did not get up and down and I was always chasing it from there.

"I really struggled with the pace. They look much quicker than they are and two or three times I had putts within 12 feet that were downhill and left them short.

"I need to be more aggressive with my stroke, figure it out tomorrow and shoot something in the mid-60s and get into the weekend. That's the first objective. I will stay as patient as I can and try to turn it around."

McIlroy lifted the Wanamaker Trophy in 2012 and 2014 and has recorded three other top-eight finishes in seven appearances in the final major of the year.

The world number four was optimistic of turning what he called a B- season into an A+ by claiming his fifth major title on Sunday, but missed from 10 feet for birdie on the 10th - his opening hole - and even closer range on the 11th before dropping shots on the 13th and 14th.

A poor tee shot into a greenside bunker on the 16th led to a third bogey of the day and McIlroy was frustrated not to take advantage of the 17th and 18th, the only par fives on the par-70 layout.

McIlroy's 77 on day three of the Masters in April was his first without a birdie in 80 major championship rounds and another followed as he followed a three-putt bogey on the second by lipping out from four feet on the sixth.

Rory McIlroy plays his shot from the sixth tee during the second round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 29, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Rory McIlroy plays his shot from the sixth tee during the second round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 29, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 29: Jordan Spieth of the United States and Brad Gregory, former PGA of America Rules Chair, look at the position of Spieth's ball after Spieth took a drop on the seventh hole where his ball landed in casual water during the second round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 29, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 29: Jordan Spieth of the United States picks his ball up out of casual water after a drop ruling on the seventh hole during the second round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 29, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 29: Sergio Garcia of Spain plays his shot from the ninth tee during the second round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 29, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 29: Jordan Spieth of the United States walks across the ninth hole during the second round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 29, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 29: Jordan Spieth of the United States takes a drop after his ball came to rest in casual water on the seventh hole during the second round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 29, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 29: Jordan Spieth of the United States prepares to hit his ball after taking a drop on the seventh hole during the second round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 29, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 29: Emiliano Grillo of Argentina plays his shot from the first tee during the second round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 29, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 29: Jordan Spieth of the United States evaluates his shot after he took multiple drops on the seventh hole where a drop ruling was made when his ball landed in casual water during the second round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 29, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 29: Ross Fisher of England plays his shot from the 12th tee during the second round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 29, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 29: Emiliano Grillo of Argentina waves after making a putt for birdie on the 18th green during the second round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 29, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 29: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland plays his shot from the fourth tee during the second round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 29, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 29: Phil Mickelson of the United States plays his shot from the sixth tee during the second round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 29, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 29: Jason Day of Australia plays his shot from the sixth tee during the second round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 29, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 29: (L-R) Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland and Jason Day of Australia walk off the fifth tee during the second round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 29, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 29: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland plays his second shot on the third hole during the second round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 29, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 29: (L-R) Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland and Jason Day of Australia walk off the fifth tee during the second round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 29, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 29: Justin Rose of England plays a shot on the seventh hole during the second round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 29, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 29: Phil Mickelson of the United States plays a shot on the fifth hole during the second round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 29, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 29: Patrick Reed of the United States and caddie Kessler Karain on the seventh hole during the second round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 29, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 29: Zach Johnson of the United States plays his shot from the sixth tee during the second round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 29, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 29: Jimmy Walker of the United States plays his shot from the 11th tee during the second round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 29, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 29: Robert Streb of the United States lines up a putt on the 18th green during the second round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 29, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 29: Robert Streb of the United States reacts on the 18th hole during the second round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 29, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 29: Robert Streb of the United States plays his shot from the 12th tee during the second round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 29, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 29: Justin Rose of England plays a shot on the sixth hole during the second round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 29, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 29: Phil Mickelson of the United States reacts on the third green during the second round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 29, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 29: Phil Mickelson of the United States reacts on the third green during the second round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 29, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Rory McIlroy struggled with his putting at Baltusrol (AP)
Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland talks with caddie JP Fitzgerald on the 15th tee during the first round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 28, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 28: Yuta Ikeda of Japan wipes his face on the third green during the first round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 28, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 28: Matt Jones of Australia plays his shot from the third tee during the first round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 28, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 28: Yuta Ikeda of Japan hits a shot on the fourth hole during the first round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 28, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 28: Jason Day of Australia plays a shot from a bunker on the 18th hole during the first round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 28, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 28: Vaughn Taylor of the United States plays his shot from the third tee during the first round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 28, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 28: Ernie Els of South Africa plays his shot from the tenth tee during the first round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 28, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 28: Phil Mickelson of the United States plays his fourth shot on the 18th hole as fans look on during the first round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 28, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 28: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland plays his shot from the 12th tee during the first round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 28, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 28: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland chips to the 18th green during the first round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 28, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 28: Nicolas Colsaerts of Belgium plays his shot from the 15th tee during the first round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 28, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
Rory McIlroy hits from a sand trap on the 16th hole during the first round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J., Thursday, July 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
Jimmy Walker reacts to his putt on the third hole during the first round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J., Thursday, July 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 28: Jason Day of Australia hits an approach shot on the 18th hole during the first round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 28, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 28: Phil Mickelson of the United States plays his shot from the 18th tee during the first round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 28, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
Rickie Fowler watches his tee shot on the first hole during the first round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J., Thursday, July 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Justin Thomas looks at his putt on the 14th hole during the first round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J., Thursday, July 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 28: Tommy Sharp of the United States plays his shot from the 12th tee during the first round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 28, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 28: Jimmy Walker of the United States reacts to his putt on the seventh green during the first round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 28, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 28: Harris English of the United States waits on the tenth fairway alongside caddie Brian Smith during the first round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 28, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 28: Aaron Baddeley of Australia plays his shot from the sixth tee during the first round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 28, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 28: Emiliano Grillo of Argentina pulls a club on the sixth tee during the first round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 28, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 28: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland plays his shot from the tenth tee during the first round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 28, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 28: Phil Mickelson of the United States watches his second shot on the 17th hole during the first round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 28, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 28: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland hits an approach shot on the 17th hole during the first round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 28, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 28: Phil Mickelson of the United States plays his second shot on the 17th hole during the first round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 28, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 28: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland hits an approach shot on the 17th hole during the first round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 28, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 28: Jimmy Walker of the United States looks on from the sixth hole during the first round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 28, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 28: Bill Haas of the United States lines up a putt on the 15th hole during the first round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 28, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 28: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland reacts on the 15th green during the first round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 28, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 28: Jason Day of Australia lines up his putt on the 17th hole during the first round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 28, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 28: Keegan Bradley of the United States lines up a putt on the 15th green during the first round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 28, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 28: Adam Scott of Australia reacts on the 15th green during the first round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 28, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 28: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland plays a shot from a bunker on the 13th hole during the first round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 28, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 28: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland plays his shot from the 13th tee during the first round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 28, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 28: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland and caddie JP Fitzgerald wait on the 11th hole during the first round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 28, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 28: Brooks Koepka of the United States plays his shot from the 13th tee during the first round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 28, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 28: Rod Perry of the United States plays a shot on the tenth hole during the first round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 28, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 28: Lee Westwood of England plays his shot from the 13th tee during the first round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 28, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 28: (L-R) Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland, Jason Day of Australia and Phil Mickelson of the United States walk off the tenth tee with their caddies during the first round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 28, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 28: Jason Day of Australia plays his shot from the tenth tee during the first round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 28, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 28: Mark Brown of the United States putts on the second green during the first round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 28, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 27: Alex Noren of Sweden, Kristoffer Broberg of Sweden and Ross Fisher of England cross a bridge on a fairway during a practice round prior to the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 27, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 27: Rickie Fowler of the United States waits on a fairway during a practice round prior to the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 27, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 27: Emiliano Grillo of Argentina signs his autograph for fans during a practice round prior to the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 27, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 27: Jhonattan Vegas of Venezuela plays a shot from a bunker during a practice round prior to the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 27, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 27: Emiliano Grillo of Argentina walks across a bridge on the 18th hole during a practice round prior to the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 27, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 27: Darren Clarke of Northern Ireland takes a photo during a practice round prior to the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 27, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 27: Darren Clarke of Northern Ireland takes a photo during a practice round prior to the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 27, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

In contrast, Walker had carded six birdies and a solitary bogey in his 65, with Fisher completing his round with birdies on the 17th and 18th and compatriot Andy Sullivan picking up three shots in the last four holes to finish a shot further back.

"I feel like I've prepared and I'm ready to go this week," Walker said. "It's nice that that's what showed today. I felt like I was ready to go. Winning a major would be huge but there's three days to go.

"I had not been making a lot of putts this year. Last weekend and today I felt like I was gaining some momentum and starting to see some go in. So it was nice to keep that rolling today."

Fisher, whose sole top-10 finish in a major to date came in the 2009 US Open, said: "I struck the ball well all day, especially from the tee, and picking up birdies on 17 and 18 was obviously a lovely way to finish.

"I gave myself a lot of chances and missed very makeable putts for birdie on one and five. But four under to start a major, and with only one bogey on the card, I've obviously got to be very happy with that.

"My coach (Denis Pugh) has been banging on to me about keeping my swing nice and smooth, so I had that running through my head today and it's paid off very nicely."

Sullivan, who is on course to secure his Ryder Cup debut this season, said: "I'm buzzing with that start. I've been playing really well leading up to the tournament, so it's just nice to keep the form and momentum going.

"It was a great atmosphere out there, the fans were making loads of noise and it was nice to be playing in the group behind Rory, Jason (Day) and Phil (Mickelson), because you could get a good view of the crowds.

"It was a bit of a struggle at times in the heat, especially down the stretch there, so I'm happy to get finished and enjoy some nice air conditioning. It was seriously hot and humid even first thing this morning, so I was seriously melting out there. But I'd take this over the cold and wet we had at the Open any day, so I won't complain."

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