AUGUSTA, Ga. – Rory McIlroy didn’t have his A-game Thursday at the Masters. Probably didn’t even have his B-game.
Doesn’t matter which letter you associate with his game, McIlroy still scraped it around in 1-under 71 in the opening round of his pursuit of a third consecutive major victory and the career Grand Slam.
“It could have been a round that got away for me,” McIlroy said. “It was good to get into red numbers after Day 1, and I feel with the way I’m driving the ball, if I can keep doing that and just be a little more patient with my iron play and give myself more opportunities, I’ll hope to be right there at the end of the week.”
McIlroy, grouped with Phil Mickelson and Ryan Moore, just plodded along for most of the day and did nothing spectacular. He was 1 over after 12 holes, but made birdie on both par 5s (Nos. 13 and 15) on the back nine and closed the round under par.
“I feel like I can do better,” he said.