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That’s how to start a main, Rory! McIlroy takes an early lead to kick off US PGA bid

That’s how to start a main, Rory! McIlroy surges into an early one-shot lead as he kicks off his US PGA Championship bid in model however Tiger Woods struggles to a four-over end leaving him work to do to make the weekend

  • Rory McIlroy’s Major campaigns have been hindered by terrible begins just lately
  • But the Northern Irishman surged into an early lead on the US PGA on Thursday 
  • The 33-year-old carded an opening spherical of 65 to take an early one-shot lead
  • Tiger Woods, McIlroy’s taking part in associate, struggled ending four-over for the day

Rory McIlroy surged into an early lead as he carded an opening spherical of 65 on the US PGA Championship at Southern Hills on Thursday, whereas taking part in associate Tiger Woods struggled as he completed four-over for the day.

Starting on the tenth, the Northern Irishman reeled off 4 straight birdies from the twelfth to the fifteenth, earlier than including two extra on his back-nine to transfer to six-under by way of 14 as he made an wonderful start in his bid to win a fifth main.

However, a bogey on the sixth and the eighth noticed him drop again to four-under and a share of the lead with Tom Hoge and Will Zalatoris, earlier than he completed in model together with his seventh birdie of the day on the final prime the leaderboard on his personal once more.

Tiger Woods, McIlroy’s taking part in associate alongside Jordan Spieth, additionally started promisingly with two birdies earlier than denting his rating with bogey-fives on the fifteenth and first.

Rory McIlroy hit four straight birdies to begin in style at the US PGA Championship

Rory McIlroy hit 4 straight birdies to start in model on the US PGA Championship

McIlroy went out in the same group as Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth at Southern Hills

McIlroy went out in the identical group as Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth at Southern Hills

Woods continued to wrestle on the back-nine ending the spherical four-over with three extra bogey-fives on the first, second and fourth and a 4 on the par-three eighth with a sole birdie sandwiched in between.

The 15-time Major champion appeared to be limping barely by way of the flip as he continues his comeback from the horrific automotive crash final year.

Speaking on Sky Sports following his spherical, Woods stated: ‘Physically I’ve felt higher. Emotionally I’ve felt higher too. 

The 15-time Major champion  continued to struggle on the back-nine dropping to two-over

The 15-time Major champion  continued to wrestle on the back-nine dropping to two-over

‘It’s irritating, I obtained off to a nice start immediately, I did precisely what I wanted to to start off the spherical however I didn’t maintain it going. 

‘I hit a lot of unhealthy iron photographs and put myself in a lot of unhealthy spots. Never actually gave myself any birdie putts.’

The US PGA is the one title that Spieth wants to win to full a career Grand Slam though his Major cost hit a hurdle in his opening spherical.

The US PGA is the one title that Jordan Spieth needs to win to complete a career Grand Slam

The US PGA is the one title that Jordan Spieth wants to win to full a career Grand Slam

The American, who secured his thirteenth PGA Tour win on the RBC Heritage in April, began properly within the blockbuster group of the day with a birdie on the twelfth however started to implode with back-to-back bogeys on the fifteenth and sixteenth and one other on the 18th.

Another bogey on the sixth was rescued by an fast birdie on the seventh to see Spieth spherical off the day two-over. 

Playing within the group forward of Woods and McIlroy, Zalatoris, additionally kickstarted his US PGA marketing campaign with promise. 

Will Zalatoris  kickstarted his US PGA campaign with promise, finishing one shot off the lead

Will Zalatoris  kickstarted his US PGA marketing campaign with promise, ending one shot off the lead

Zalatoris seemed to keep sizzling on McIlroy’s heels as he tied-second on four-under, one shot again from the clubhouse chief. In his group, Cam Smith wasn’t far behind, making seven birdies to salvage his spherical and card a 68. 

Crowd favorite John Daly additionally made a good start and was one-under by way of 15 holes. The 56-year-old was sporting his trademark daring trousers, which have been a sample of multi-coloured skulls. 

Elsewhere within the draw, Masters Champion Scottie Scheffler, who performs alongside two different main winners, Jon Rahm and Collin Morikawa, is about to exit at 7:36pm UK time. Ireland’s Shane Lowry begins at 7:03pm and Dustin Johnson begins at 7:14pm. 

Crowd favourite John Daly - sporting some bold trousers - also began promisingly

Crowd favorite John Daly – sporting some daring trousers – additionally started promisingly 

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