Rory McIlroy vowed to not get forward of himself as he headed into the second spherical of the US PGA Championship in pole place to finish his main drought.
Since successful the final of his 4 majors within the 2014 US PGA, McIlroy had been a mixed 35 over par within the first spherical of golf’s 4 largest tournaments, his most up-to-date effort being a one-over-par 73 in April’s Masters.
Nevertheless it was a very completely different story on a sweltering opening day at Southern Hills as McIlroy carded seven birdies and two bogeys in a gap 65 to document his lowest spherical in a significant for the reason that 2011 US Open.
McIlroy went on to win his first main title by eight photographs at Congressional, and mentioned on Thursday: “It’s a nice begin however I’m not getting forward of myself. I did just about every little thing it’s good to do on the market and I’m going to must maintain doing the identical the subsequent three days.”
McIlroy held a one-shot lead over Will Zalatoris and Tom Hoge, whereas enjoying companions Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth have been going through battles to make the reduce after rounds of 74 and 72 respectively.
Woods was two underneath par for his first 5 holes however struggled from then on and admitted his proper leg – which he feared might must be amputated following final yr’s automotive crash – was not “feeling nearly as good as I would love”.
Spieth must carry the Wanamaker Trophy on Sunday night to change into solely the sixth participant to finish a profession grand slam.
Spherical of the day
McIlroy made 4 birdies in a row on his entrance 9 and rallied with a birdie on the ninth, his closing gap, after dropping two photographs within the earlier three holes.
Shot of the day
Scottie Scheffler produced a shot worthy of his standing as world primary and Masters champion to arrange an eagle on the 665-yard fifth gap.
Tweet of the day
Tiger Woods might have struggled to a gap 74, however he proved to be adept at multi-tasking throughout a wait on the 14th tee.
Key tee occasions (all BST)
1411 Jon Rahm, Collin Morikawa, Scottie Scheffler1925 Viktor Hovland, Will Zalatoris, Cameron Smith1936 Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods
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