RORY McILROY’S Major championship misery got even more painful, as he collapsed to a ten over par EIGHTY in the first round of the US Open.
It was McIlroy’s worst start to any Major – the previous low point was his 79 in the opening round of the Open five years ago, when he missed the cut by four shots.
Getty Images – Getty Rory McIlroy had a shocker on the first day at Shinnecock Hills
He can probably start making alternative plans for the weekend this time too, even though everyone found it tough to get to grips with a windswept Shinnecock Hills – including returning hero Tiger Woods, who ran up a triple bogey seven on the first hole.
Even if McIlroy does manage to claw his way back over the cut line, he has no chance of ending his drought in the events that matter most, which stretches back to the 2014 USPGA Championship.
This was the third time he has shot 80 in a Major – the others came when he followed a first round 63 with a shocker at the 2010 Open, before his infamous final round meltdown in the final round of the 2011 Masters.
But statistically, this was the worst of the lot.