British Open: Golfweek's Geoff Shackelford talks about the Dunluce's course at Royal Portrush and the famous 16th hole.
Golfweek, USA Today Network
PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland – Rough McIlroy's shocking quadruple bogey 8.
And it all went wrong so fast.
Following a rousing first tee ovation, McIlroy pulled his first tee shot towards Royal Portrush's unfortunately-placed internal out-of-bounds. Bounced once in bounds but bounced a few paces outside the white stakes.
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His provisional tee shot landed in a dreadful lie just off the first fairway, leaving a 150-yard second shot pulled left of the greenside bunker. McIlroy's ball finished in one of the many low-growing ferns found in Portrush's rough. After a letter inspection, McIlroy's stroke on the 421-yard starting hole.
The 30-year-old then lobbed a sand over the deep greenside bunker to about 7 feet. A missed putt and McIlroy was 4-over-par after one hole.
McIlroy opened the tournament as the 8-1 betting favorite and immediately moved to 33-1 after his terrible start.
Hey was still +4 through eight holes.