Rory McIlroy off to solid start - hole by hole guide to Irishman's first round of USPGA
Published 14/08/2015 | 01:08
Rory McIlroy returned from an ankle ligament injury to defend his US PGA title at Whistling Straits this week.
Here is a look at how the world number one fared in his first competitive round since June 21:
1st - McIlroy's drive finds the rough to the left of the fairway and although he finds the green in regulation, three putts from 60 feet result in an opening bogey.
2nd - A drive of more than 300 yards allows McIlroy to reach the green in two and a two-putt birdie gets him back to level par.
3rd - A good tee shot on the first par three leaves a birdie attempt from 15 feet, but the putt is never on line.
4th - After splitting the fairway, McIlroy hits a superb approach to 10 feet but again fails to convert the birdie putt.
5th - One of the most adventurous pars of McIlroy's career sees him find sand off the tee and the edge of a water hazard with his third shot, but the 26-year-old simply rolls up his right trouser leg, splashes the ball out of the water to 12 feet and holes for par.
6th - A poor drive into the rough leads to another missed green, but a pitch to five feet allows McIlroy to save par.
7th - Another par as a birdie putt from 25 feet comes up two feet short.
8th - McIlroy's wayward drive skips out of a bunker into an awkward sidehill lie in the rough, leading to a second bogey of the day.
9th - Bouncing back in style, a superb approach to four feet sets up a birdie and takes McIlroy out in level par.
10th - Unfortunate to find a bad lie in the thick rough after almost driving the green, McIlroy's pitch comes out almost sideways and he has to settle for par.
11th - The par-five 11th is reduced to a drive and eight iron and although the eagle putt from 14 feet misses, a tap-in birdie takes the world number one into red figures for the first time.
12th - Two putts for par from 20 feet.
13th - A poor wedge approach leaves an outside chance at birdie, but the first putt never threatens the hole.
14th - A much better chance from just 10 feet, but again McIlroy cannot convert.
15th - McIlroy fails to make the most of a lucky bounce out of a fairway bunker, hitting his approach to 15 feet but missing another chance.
16th - Finally another birdie on the card after a pitch to six feet on the par five.
17th - A contender for shot of day as a four iron on the daunting 223-yard par three finishes 12 feet away, but the putt is never on line.
18th - McIlroy is furious at pushing his approach to the last from the middle of the fairway and after a clumsy chip from the rough, a closing bogey means a one-under-par 71.