Rory McIlroy DRIVES INTO WATER with first shot at US PGA Championship

McIlroy has now played the opening hole of his last nine majors in a combined 8-over par...

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Thu, 20 May 2021

Rory McIlroy DRIVES INTO WATER with first shot at US PGA Championship

Rory McIlroy got off to a difficult start on day one of the US PGA Championship at Kiawah Island by finding the water with his opening tee shot.

McIlroy, teeing off from the par-4 10th hole, unleashed his drive but immediately took his right hand off the club as his ball sprayed way right into the water.

 

 

The four-time major champion, who won the first of his two US PGA titles with a blistering eight-shot victory at Kiawah Island in 2012, then took his drop in the fairway bunker and despite finding more sand with his third shot, McIlroy managed to salvage a bogey-five with a superb up-and-down. 

Incredibly, McIlroy has played the opening hole of the last nine majors in a combined 8-over par.

Despite his bogey start, McIlroy has since responded with two consecutive birdies to move to 1-under par thru three holes. 

Brooks Koepka, playing alongside McIlroy and Justin Thomas for the opening two rounds, suffered an even worse start with a double-bogey six after finding a tricky lie in the bunker with his tee shot. 

Thomas opened with a par following an impressive up-and-down from the back bunker. 

 

 

Hundreds of golf fans were quick to react to McIlroy's messy start on Twitter. 

Check out some of the tweets below: