A shot-by-shot look at Rory McIlroy’s nightmare Open start

A shot-by-shot look at Rory McIlroy’s nightmare Open start

Open favourite Rory McIlroy had a nightmare start to his bid to win the Claret Jug at Royal Portrush after a quadruple-bogey eight at the first.

Northern Ireland’s big hope for a home winner could not have begun in worse fashion, having hit his tee shot out of bounds.

PA looks at just how badly it went, shot by shot.

1 – McIlroy takes a two-iron off the tee for safety but tugs it left and it lands five feet out of bounds having hit and damaged the mobile phone of a spectator.

2 – Penalty stroke

3 – The Northern Irishman reloads but his second attempt off the tee, again with an iron, finishes in the left rough

4 – Hits a shot from 155 yards into a bush to the left of the green and is forced to call an unplayable lie

Rory McIlroy takes a drop on the first hole at Royal Portrush (David Davies/PA)
Rory McIlroy takes a drop on the first hole at Royal Portrush (David Davies/PA)

5 – Penalty stroke

6 – Chips to eight feet

7 – Misses with a putt which drifts to the right of the hole

Rory McIlroy reflects on his disastrous start to the Open (David Davies, PA)
Rory McIlroy reflects on his disastrous start to the Open (David Davies, PA)

8 – Taps in the return putt for a quadruple-bogey eight

- Press Association

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