Rory McIlroy’s worst performances in a major

Rory McIlroy’s worst performances in a major
Rory McIlroy searches for his ball on the 1st hole at Royal Portrush. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Rory McIlroy’s dream of winning the Open Championship on home soil is effectively over after he slumped to an opening 79 at Royal Portrush.

It is not the first time that McIlroy has posted such a high score in a major and, here, PA looks at some of the 30-year-old’s previous struggles.

2010 Open Championship, St Andrews – 2nd round

McIlroy had equalled what was then the lowest score in major history with an opening 63 on the Old Course, but was caught in the worst of the weather the following afternoon and his eight-over-par 80 sent him from two shots in front to 11 behind.

2011 Masters, Augusta National – 4th round

McIlroy looked set for his first major title after starting with a 65 and forging a four-shot lead with 18 holes to play, but slumped to a closing 80 which included a triple bogey on the 10th and a four-putt double bogey on the 12th.

2013 Open Championship, Muirfield, 1st round

A first round of 79 at Muirfield left McIlroy labelling his own play as “brain dead” as he continued to struggle following his controversial multi-million pound switch to Nike equipment in January. A back nine of 42 included McIlroy putting off the 15th green into a bunker.

2018 US Open, Shinnecock Hills, 1st round

McIlroy had been bullish about his prospects after a lengthy spell of preparation at Shinnecock and other courses on Long Island, but was unable to handle the windy conditions and struggled to a 10-over-par 80 on a day which saw four players share the lead on one under par.

PA

More on this topic

From the heat of battle to a battle with heatFrom the heat of battle to a battle with heat

Lowry: 'If my name is on the leaderboard on Sunday in Augusta, they know I can get the job done'Lowry: 'If my name is on the leaderboard on Sunday in Augusta, they know I can get the job done'

Diplomat Shane Lowry plays a blinder in PortrushDiplomat Shane Lowry plays a blinder in Portrush

To the brave and faithful nothing is impossibleTo the brave and faithful nothing is impossible

More in this Section

Ulster score five first-half tries to brush aside winless Southern KingsUlster score five first-half tries to brush aside winless Southern Kings

Eoin Morgan has earned right to decide when to quit – England cricket coachEoin Morgan has earned right to decide when to quit – England cricket coach

Watch live: Fr O'Neill's and Kilworth battle for Cork Premier IHC titleWatch live: Fr O'Neill's and Kilworth battle for Cork Premier IHC title

John Barnes: Czech defeat a wake-up call for ‘complacent’ EnglandJohn Barnes: Czech defeat a wake-up call for ‘complacent’ England


Lifestyle

As UK legend John Surman gets ready to play at Cork’s jazz fest, he tells Philip Watson about his well-travelled career and why he’s so angry about Brexit.Jazz legend John Surman on a well travelled career and why he's angry about Brexit

Dr Naomi Lavelle answers a weekly science question.Fish live in water all their lives but does that mean that they never get thirsty or do they even drink at all? To answer these questions we need to look at where the fish live.Appliance of Science: Do fish ever get thirsty?

More From The Irish Examiner