The Open 2019: Rory McIlroy implodes with horror quadruple-bogey on first hole at Royal Portrush

The question looming over this week was whether Rory McIlroy could withstand the pressure of playing an Open Championship in Northern Ireland. And, on the very first tee, the answer was revealed in a resounding implosion.

Starting alongside US Open champion Gary Woodland and Paul Casey, the Northern Irishman and favourite to clinch the Claret Jug skewered an ugly tee-shot straight out of bounds to the disbelief of his supporters. 

The ball struck a fan standing behind the boundary rope and cracked the screen of the mobile phone in her pocket.

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Clearly flustered after the enforced restart, the four-time major champion then found the rough – having chosen to play safe with a two-iron – and subsequently pulled his approach shot and was forced to take an unplayable lie after his ball settled in the fescue to the left of the green.

After a hapless recovery, he ultimately finished with a quadruple-bogey eight, which left him eight shots off the lead set by Ireland’s Shane Lowry and Open debutant Robert MacIntyre at four-under-par.


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This is, famously, the course where McIlroy set a record low score of 61 while he was still a teenager. He will now need to resurrect that form and confidence by the bucket load to have any chance of staging a threat this week as he bids to end a five-year major drought.


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