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Rory McIlroy Fights Off Slow Start at WGC-HSBC Champions

Rory McIlory teed it up at Sheshan Golf Club in Shanghai, China for the WGC-HSBC Champions.  Unfortunately, Rory has been notorious for slow starts and his first round almost headed in that direction early on.

Starting his round on the back nine, McIlroy went bogey, par, birdie, bogey on his first four holes.  He got another birdie on the 16th, but finished his first nine with a “good bogey” as he called it, carding a 36.

So began Rory’s back nine where he caught fire with four straight birdies after parring the first hole.  With another birdie on the seventh, Rory found himself in a good position to start this tournament.

After parring the last two for the day, he went out with a 5-under 31 and a first round score of 67.  He’s currently tied for the seventh spot on the leaderboard and only three strokes back of the home town leader, Haotong LI. Rory spoke after the round:

The last few tournaments I’ve played, I’ve had a bad opening round and then been trying to play catch up. At least now, I’m right in the thick of things from the start, which is a better place to be.”

“The last few tournaments I’ve played, I’ve had a bad opening round and then been trying to play catch up,” Rory said.  “At least now, I’m right in the think of things from the start, which is a better place to be.”

Considering how Rory finished this tournament 10-over par and tied for 54th last year, he’s in a much better place right now.

h/t: PGA, ESPN

Written by Brian Bernd

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