'Frustrated' McIlroy cards career-worst 78 on Day 1

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DUBLIN, Ohio – It was all about the “big miss” on Thursday. No, we’re not talking about Hank Haney’s book on his time with Tiger Woods. The big miss is how Rory McIlroy assessed his opening-round 78 at the Memorial.

“The game just isn’t all there at the minute,” said McIlroy, who needed 33 putts on Day 1 at Muirfield Village.

Things started well enough for the world No. 2 – birdieing his first hole, but he made double bogey at the 12th hole (he started on No. 10) after a four-putt on his way to a first-nine of 40.


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Neither his putting nor his game got any better on his second nine. He bogeyed Nos. 2 and 3 after hitting into a water hazard and was tied for 113th at 6 over when he walked off the golf course, better than just two players.

'I'm pretty frustrated. I'm trying not to let it get to me. I don’t really have many explanations for this,” said McIlroy, his highest score on the PGA Tour since a third-round 79 at the Masters. “I felt my game was good. I felt like I was coming in here and hitting the ball well.”