US Open 2022: Rory McIlroy, motivated to win first major in eight years
Rory McIlroy, motivated to win first major in eight years
Rory McIlroy who is one of the best player of golf in the world looked in the US Open for some time that he is a new player in this game. But after a few moments later he shows everyone that why he is the best player and four time winner in this game.
McIlroy was off to a quick start at the 122nd US Open, which was held at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts, when he hit his tee shot into a bunker on the right side of the fairway on his fourteenth hole, the fifth hole.
Things proceeded from bad to worse for the 33-year-old when he successfully escaped the bunker only to witness his ball crash into the sand of another bunker just yards in front.
Rory McIlroy gave his feet a despondent expression before slamming his club into the sand twice, his style emulating an aggressive bunker exit shot.
With his subsequent escape effort from the heart of the next bunker, the world No. three demonstrated his perfect technique, the ball scooping onto the green and rolling narrowly past the hole.
McIlroy’s miraculous escape, which included sinking his putt to save par, capped an incredible first round that saw him tied for the lead at three-under 67 when he returned to the clubhouse.
With back-to-back birdies ahead of the final tee, he appeared to be on track to finish his round as the outright leader after starting at the 10th hole.
However, an uncomfortable approach shot into the long grass on the par-four 18th hole forced Rory McIlroy to rely on another miracle to make par. The reaction was similar to his fourteenth hole, with McIlroy throwing his club away in frustration, but the outcome was not, with McIlroy forced to finish the day with his first bogey of the round.
‘Mentally I am in a good mind set’
The Northern Irishman is aiming for his 22nd PGA Tour victory and fifth major title at the US Open, which he won for the first time in 2011. By the end of 2014, McIlroy had won the British Open and the PGA Championship twice, but he had not won a major since.
He came in Boston in strong shape after defending his 2019 Canadian Open championship, and he said the victory provided him “assurance” going into the week.
After his round, Rory McIlroy told Sky Sports, “Playing 72 holes in the US Open is like playing under pressure the entire time, even though the game doesn’t truly start until the weekend.”
“I think I’m in a good mental place, which I demonstrated today with some of the par saves and trying to keep going.”
With numerous notable players yet to card their first round in Boston, he shares the lead with Sweden’s David Lingmerth and England’s Callum Tarren.
Phil Mickelson teed off amid applause on his 52nd birthday. Following his participation in the controversial Saudi-backed LIV Golf series, which he played in last week in London, the six-time major winner has had a rough few weeks.
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