McIlroy equals worst round in a U.S. Open with a 7-over

OAKMONT, PA. – Rory McIlroy, the No. 3 ranked golfer in the world, isn’t out of the U.S. Open just yet but it likely will take a spectacular round just to make the cut.

Rory McIlroy struggled to a 7-over 77 in his opening round at the U.S. Open.
Rory McIlroy struggled to a 7-over 77 in his opening round at the U.S. Open.

McIlroy shot a 7-over 77 in the  first round, which ended this morning, equaling his worst round in an Open. He was the worst of a group that included Rickie Fowler (6-over) and Master champion Danny Willett (5-over).

McIlroy,  the 2011 U.S. Open champion, had eight bogeys, including his final three holes. He hit just five of 14 fairways.

“You see guys shooting 66, 67, there are scores out there to be had but you really need to be in control of your golf game,” McIlroy said. “The last couple of days I wasn’t in control. I need to go and shoot something like a 66 to give myself any chance.”

McIlroy will not tee off again until Saturday morning. The revised format announced Friday morning after play was suspended Thursday afternoon during the third delay because of storm weather is as follows: The players who returned this morning to finish their first round are done for the day and will return early Saturday to play their second round and, for those who make the cut, at least start their third.

Those who never got on the course on Thursday are scheduled to play 36 holes today, although that will be difficult with the final group is scheduled to tee off at 4:42 p.m.

Andrew Landry continues to lead after setting a record for the first round of a U.S. Open at Oakmont C.C., 4-under 66. Lee Westwood finished his first round at 3-under.


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