The Open Day One: Horror day for McIlroy; JB Holmes leads

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Rory McIlroy’s hopes of making the cut at his home Open have been effectively destroyed after an eight-over 79 left the Northern Irishman 13 strokes off the lead.

McIlroy quadruple-bogeyed the first after sending his tee shot out of bounds and a double and triple bogey on the 16th and 18th moved him from tournament favourite to an outsider for making the cut.

American JB Holmes is the overnight leader with a five-under 66 with Ireland’s Shane Lowry one shot back.

English trio Tommy Fleetwood, Tyrell Hatton and Lee Westwood are part of a 13-man group on three-under, along with Scottish debutant Robert MacIntyre and John Deere Classic champion Dylan Frittelli.

Former champions Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson also struggled, with Woods finishing seven-over and Mickelson on five-over.

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  1. 11/05/2021 8:49

    […] McIlroy posted a joint-best score for the day of six-under but missed the cut by one stroke after carding eight-over in the first round. […]

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