Rory McIlroy comes to terms with challenge of completing career grand slam

Sherman Parsons
March 10, 2019

He opened his round with three bogeys in the first four holes and a double bogey on the par-5 6th hole.

Rafa Cabrera Bello proved a quick learner in his first appearance at Bay Hill, taking the first-round lead with a seven-under-par 65 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Florida on Thursday.

Cameras caught the moment when Hatton looked at his caddie and said, "Have you seen a worse golf shot?"

"I mean, I want to play it, so I would most likely", Mickelson said.

The double-bogey included a freakish attempted recovery shot, with the left-handed Mickelson switching to a right-handed stance in a failed attempt to play his way out of trouble when his tee-shot ended up nestled against a fence alongside the left fairway.

"I hit a lot of those shots today and they paid off". The British Open returns to Northern Ireland this summer for the first time since 1951, and Bay Hill for the first time is part of the Open Qualifying Series.

Tenth-ranked Francesco Molinari of Italy made a hole in one on the seventh hole en route to a 69 and is tied for eighth with Jhonattan Vegas of Venezuela, Sung Kang of South Korea, Pat Perez of San Diego, Tommy Fleetwood of England and Scott Stallings.

"The golf course is hard", said McIlroy, who won previous year at 18-under 270, "Two under is in the top 20".

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Day said he hoped to be ready to play next week's Players Championship, which he won in 2016.

"Playing with Sam is always a pleasure, not because he's the grandson of Arnie but because of how nice of a guy he is", Cabrera Bello said.

The 29-year-old has risen to world No.6, helped by a second placing behind No.1 Dustin Johnson at the recent WGC-Mexico Championship, and is adamant his 15th PGA Tour victory is close.

Everything was picture ideal during Round 1 of the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill on Thursday. "I just made a decision to leave it in out of nowhere, and sure enough it hit the flag right in the middle and went in".

Finishing with a two-under total, Leishman had the driver going, hitting 10 from 14 fairways at Bay Hill.

"I had come off a bogey at one, so wasn't really happy on the (second) tee", he said. "It just wasn't going to work out".

On a morning that started cool, former US Open champion Graeme McDowell carded 68 and world number two Justin Rose plodded to a 71.

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