Rory McIlroy Opens With a Dud at 2021 PGA Championship

Rory McIlroy
Rory McIlroy hits his second shot on the 15th hole during the first round of the 2021 PGA Championship held at the Ocean Course of Kiawah Island Golf Resort on May 20, 2021 in Kiawah Island, SC. (Photo by Darren Carroll - PGA of America via Getty Images)

Rory McIlroy’s long-awaited fifth major title may have to wait at least another month after he shot a disappointing 3-over par 75 in the first round of the 2021 PGA Championship.

Starting on the back side at Kiawah Island’s famed Ocean Course, the 32-year old opened with a bogey 5 but quickly bounced back with two straight birdies to send the South Carolina golf fans into a frenzy, and move slightly into the red numbers at 1 under.

That would be the highlight of the day for the Northern Irishman and his army of followers.

A disappointing bogey on the par-5 16th hole would drop McIlroy back to even-par 36 at the turn, and then the wheels completely fell off amid a seven-hole stretch comprised of two pars, one birdie, and four bogeys – including dropped shots on both the par-5 scoring holes.

After one round, McIlroy was (currently) T110 on 3 over par – a far cry from 2012 when a then 23-year old wonderkid opened the same championship, on the same course, with a 67 to sit T2 en route to a blowout victory.


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