Rory McIlroy made a disappointing start in players championship He fell four over par in his opening round on Thursday at TPC Sawgrass.
the northern irishman had arrived pga tourMajor event seeking to return to world number one spot, but nothing went right for him on day one after starting with a double bogey.
Playing the back nine first, he gained a stroke with a birdie at the 11th, but further bogeys at the 15th, first and third left him well behind the early leaders. colin morikawa and Chad Ramey on Under Six.
McIlroy created some magic with a fine shot from under the trees on the 16th fairway to set up an eagle chance, but then he three-putted to capitalize on the opportunity.
McIlroy was playing with a high-profile three-ball Scotty Scheffler And Jon RahmAll of whom have topped the world rankings this year.
There wasn’t much early spark from Rahm, or Scheffler, the current holder of the title, but both were steady two under par with six holes to play.
Early play was provided by American Hayden Buckley, who birdied a hole-in-one on the course’s famous 17th island hole.
He followed that up with consecutive birdies on the 18th and went five under par for the first few times, but later pulled away and signed off for an one-over 73 after double bogeys on the sixth and eighth.
Australian Min Woo Lee put himself in the early lead after carding six birdies in his opening 13 holes, but finished on four under after closing with back-to-back bogeys.
That meant he fell behind Canadian Taylor Penrith, who was five-under after 17, the highlight of his round being an eagle on the par-five 16th.
Morikawa’s impressive opening start included an eagle at the second, while Rami collected six birdies in his opening 11 holes.
England’s Danny Willett, who was hoping to make the cut in this tournament for the first time in six attempts, was among the early starters and managed to post a level-par 72 after dropping a shot on his first hole.