Thursday 20 September 2018

Rory McIlroy outscores playing partner Tiger Woods but putting frustrations remain

Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy shake hands after finishing their round during the first round of the Genesis Open at Riviera Country Club
Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy shake hands after finishing their round during the first round of the Genesis Open at Riviera Country Club
Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland walk across the 17th hole during the first round of the Genesis Open at Riviera Country Club
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

World number 10 Rory McIlroy and 14-time major winner Tiger Woods failed to fire at the Genesis Open today.

The Northern Irishman was left to rue a number of missed opportunities as he carded a level par 71 at Riviera Country Club in California.

Starting on the 10th, McIlroy was two-over par at the turn but an eagle on the first got his round back on track. Some good iron play set up a number of good chances in the latter half of his round but he failed to capitalise and had to settle for eight straight pars.

He finished a shot ahead of his playing partner Tiger Woods who endured a rollercoaster round that included five birdies, four bogeys and a costly double-bogey at the par five 11th.

There was a better news for McIlroy's compatriot Graeme McDowell who finished on -2 after his round.

Offaly's Shane Lowry opened with a birdie but couldn't build on that good started a signed for a two-over par 73.

Three-time major winner Padraig Harrington was the final Irish player to conclude his round and two birdies and two bogeys means he sits on level par alongside McIlroy overnight.

The clubhouse lead is held by American Tom Hoge on -4.

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