Published: Fri, May 04, 2018
Sport | By Stuart Potter

Rory McIlroy clears the air over US Open and Open Championship comments

Rory McIlroy clears the air over US Open and Open Championship comments

McIlroy's first dropped shot came at the 18th when he found water with his approach shot to the par four. "Especially the first 15 holes".

He said he was now in "playing shape" and the goal was "just trying to get a little better. When you get overconfident on those three holes, it can bite you".

Peterson will go off at 8:30 on hole number 1. 13 and 14. The two are the first players since Jason Day and Brian Vranesh in 2009 to each have multiple eagles in the same PGA Tour round.

Rory is making his eighth start of the season. Entering this week, he had 20 points and $57,069.

"I'm sitting at the kitchen table in our kitchen, and we have a pretty big TV in the den, and kind of flipped through channels and I can not read the guide", Reed said. "I've never had consecutive eagles before".

Trying to explain why he feels the Masters is now a bigger event than the game's two oldest championships, he said: "I've always felt there is just a different feeling there".

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The Northern Irishman opened with a three-under 68 to be tied for seventh. I feel I don't have to play that well and can still get it around. "For me, it's about being able to go and use the champions' locker room and all the other cool stuff that comes along with it". And I thought Patrick (Reed) did a fantastic job on Sunday holding it together because he didn't have his best stuff.

Peterson started his round on the back 9 this afternoon and would card 3 birdies with no bogeys. Koepka was paired with Reed and Woods as he makes just his second start following a fourth-month layoff to recover from a wrist injury.

McIlroy nearly always plays well at Quail Hollow Club, and as the Wells Fargo Championship's only two-time victor he probably attracts a bigger gallery than any golfer not named Tiger Woods or Phil Mickelson.

McIlroy, who turns 29 on Friday, was pleased with his performance in an event he won in both 2015 and in 2010, his breakthrough win on the PGA Tour.

So no, I don't think the grand slam, that's not really what I think about. I've had success here before. I'm sure the Ryder Cup captains were paying attention to how certain pairings played in the two very different formats, possibly getting a read on where to place their eventual qualifiers in the hard and stressful rotation later this year.

"The clubface was coming a touch left at impact, and then with the speed that I have, it just accentuates it". I was hitting it left and thought it was because I was getting underneath it.

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