WATCH: Rory McIlroy hits golf shot of the year then misses the putt...

But it doesn't prevent McIlroy from sharing the first-round lead at the Wells Fargo Championship

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Fri, 3 May 2019

 

Rory McIlroy raced into a share of the first-round lead of the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow, and hit one of the shots of the season in the process - only to go on and miss the putt! 

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McIlroy appeared stumped behind a tree at the par-4 12th, and Sky Sports on-course commentator Andrew Coltart assumed he was all set to take his medicine and chip out short of the green. 

How wrong he was as the Ulsterman stepped in with a long iron and played the most miraculous fade shot, using the contours of the green to bring his TP5 ball to within four feet of the cup.

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Unfortunately McIlroy wouldn't even hit the cup with his birdie attempt, but he made amends with three consecutive birdies from the 14th to move into a share of the first-round lead with American Joel Dahmen on 5-under par. 

McIlroy has an incredible record at Quail Hollow having won there twice in 2010 (his first PGA Tour title) and 2015, the latter of which he posted a course-record 61.

 

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