Rory McIlroy is silent after stumbling in the 80th lap

Gary D & # 39; Amato, USA TODAY Network
Published 5:25 p. ET June 14, 2018 | Updated 17:27 ET June 14, 2018


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SOUTHAMPTON, NY – Rory McIlroy came to Long Island a week before the US Open in Shinnecock Hills and played tourist golf on blueblood courts in the Hamptons, her little finger, just one To catch a view over the fence.

If you're the world's top four-time world champion sixth in the world, your people make a few phone calls and you dab it off with the offspring of American golf Friar's Head, National Golf Links and Shinnecock

"It's a true one Enjoy appearing on any golf course in the country or the world and getting started and having fun, "McIlroy said Wednesday. "I think it puts you in a different mood, you're relaxed out there, and maybe this will bleed into your mind when you're in a big championship here."

Oh, it blew on Thursday in the first round of the 118th Open. There was a bloodbath. There was howling and teeth grinding. And that was just people stuck in a traffic jam on the Montauk Highway.

As for McIlroy, his pleasant walk through the park turned into a frustrating stumble.

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You Can Just Imagine What The Northerner Was Thinking As He Walked To His Replacement Car After A 10-Over-Par 80 With Grim Face, But It Could Not Be Good. Normally he was one of the most ingenious and obliging players, but he refused to speak to the media.

Whatever good mood last week was blowing on west-southwest winds that dropped to 30 mph on a course of the United States Golf Association that left no room for error.

McIlroy, 29, started with a par on No.10, then went quickly wrong. He went bogey-bogey-double-double on the next four holes and dropped to 6-over-par. He made the turn in 7-over and made his third double bogey on the # 1, the first time he had three doubles in a round in a major.

It looked like he could save a respectable score with birdies # 5 and # 6, but he immediately gave these punches with bogeys and # 7 and # 9.

Rory McIlroy responds to the ninth green during the first round of the US Open 2018 at the Shinnecock Hills Golf Club on June 14 in Southampton, New York. [Photo: Ross Kinnaird, Getty Images]

Sorry if that sounds a bit like the selfish 15-Handicapper giving you the punch of his round at the 19th hole. Suffice to say, if you're a top 10 player in the world and you rule 7 out of 14 fairways and 5 out of 18 greens, you will not be satisfied with your result.

Nobody disputes that McIlroy seeps with talent. He has one of the best swings in golf and won the US Open, British Open and a pair of PGA Championships before he was 26. It is at least somewhat worrying that he entered the final round of the Masters in April with a chance to complete the Grand Slam career and stumbled to a 74, and that he was the cut in the 2016 and 17 US Open.

Although he grew up playing in the wind in Northern Ireland, he was in style Thursday, missing greens left, right, short and long. The 80 was his high score with two shots in 29 US Open rounds.

It's fair to wonder if McIlroy just played too much golf in the run-up to Shinnecock. Including the BMW Championship in late May in England, the Memorial Tournament next week and the Buddies Golf he played on Long Island last week, he said he has played 18 out of 19 days. One day, when he left, he came to Shinnecock and walked with Putter and Wedge.

"I wanted to see the golf courses," he said. "I have some friends who live in this area and I just wanted to play with them, I hit the ball well, I play well, especially in the wind and the conditions lying around here, and especially on some of the golf courses, I've played a lot of different settings and you have to use a lot of fantasy on the greens, so it was pretty good that way. "

So much to exaggerate.

If there was any consolation, it was that McIlroy was not the only high-ranking golfer struggling. Six-time US Open-Second Phil Mickelson scored the 77 in his backlash alone and US Open Champion Jordan Spieth scored 78. So these three played the first round in a combined 25-par.

McIlroy's bags are not packed, but he has to fight to make the cut Friday. One thing is certain: there will be no walk in the park.


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