Rory had dreamed of this day, playing The Open at his home course, Royal Portrush Golf Club in Northern Ireland, but it turned into a nightmare.
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After a great reception from the local supporters on the first tee Rory unfortunately proceeded to hook his opening tee shot into internal out of bounds. His provisional ball ended up in some tough rough. He ended up starting the day with an 8 on the opening hole of the day.
It did not get much better for the rest of the round, finishing with a 7 on the par four 18th, for an opening round of +8 over par 79;
“It was obviously a disappointing day.”
“I didn’t put it in the fairway enough to play. I kept saying that in the press conference, you need to put the ball in the fairway here if you want to do well.”
“I didn’t do that enough to create enough scoring opportunities.”
Rory in 2005, aged 16, breaking the Portrush low round record, shooting -10 under 61.
On a personal note I dislike links courses where there is internal out of bounds markers. Links golf is supposed to be, hit the ball, go and find it, and hit it again. The only out of bounds on a links course should be the outer perimeter of the property.