AUGUSTA, Ga .– Rory McIlroy’s seventh attempt to finish a Grand Slam with a Masters win, the only missing leg in immortal golf, would have been bad if it started Thursday at Augusta. National
McIlroy, 31, opened with 4 over par 76 and stood seven of the lead goals as he finished the round.
“It was pretty clear on TV how strong the greens were,” McIlroy said. It can be tricky and difficult to leave the ball under the pin and keep myself looking for a lot of birdies. ”
Worse yet, he actually hit his father Jerry in a wayward way, he pushed to the seventh hole.
McIlroy only equalized as he charged into the seventh hole on the right side of the green, bouncing off and holding his father by the back of his leg.
McIlroy, who was struggling with his form and recently replaced swing coach Pete Cowen, shouted “front”; as his shot was clearly headed outside the seventh line.
His father joked to reporters after being hit, “I should get signed gloves,” a custom that players do when they hit an audience with a ball. Phil Mickelson is known not only But he signed his glove and gave it to the audience only. But also add $ 100
There didn’t seem to be any exchange of gloves or money between McIlroy and his father.
“I think he’s fine,” McIlroy said of his father. He walked away quickly, so it’s fine. “
Speaking about his father’s differences to reporters about the signature glove, McIlroy said: “He has seen me sign a lot of things over the years, so I think that’s his less of a concern. most I thought he just had to go put ice (it), maybe I could sign him a bag of frozen peas. ”
McIlroy was unable to save par on day seven and after scoring today’s first birdie in the par-five of eight, he three points in 9th to turn it over three on.
He bogey No. 11 fell to 4 over and with a shot into Rae’s Creek, he robbed a par 5 13, one of the easiest holes on the field, to drop to 5 over, his birdie at No. 15 set him back. It is 4 over, which he will stay on.
“My goal is to play well and at least give myself a chance,” McIlroy said. “Actually, I am quite encouraged by the way I hit along the way. I hit a lot of shots. But after hitting the 6 iron in the water on the 13th, I hit a very good shot. So I ‘I got support from that.’ ‘
McIlroy’s last major win happened in 2014 and he has not won on the PGA Tour since 2019.