Rory McIlroy overcame serious frustration to take a share of the lead in an electrifying first round at the US Open.
The Northern Irishman, who picked up a thrilling victory at the Canadian Open last week, finished at three under par after an absurdly good performance.
A rollercoaster spectacle raised hopes of a first major title since 2014 for the world No.3 – but you wouldn’t know it by looking at his body language.
With narrow fairways and tough, thick spots at the US Open, McIlroy lost his temper on several occasions.
On the fifth hole, his 14th, he had a total collapse in a bunker, hitting the sand twice after landing his second shot from just ten yards.
However, the four-time Major winner would go on to save a remarkable par, making one of many monster putts.
McIlroy came one hole away from an incredible bogey-free round, but a messy approach at the end would result in a wasted shot and a disgusted knockdown of the 2011 champion’s club.
Nevertheless, despite all the frustration, a first lap 67 was enough for a share of the lead alongside Englishman Callum Tarren.
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McIlroy’s heart is still on his sleeve, but his emotions have been even clearer than usual in recent days as a fierce critic of the Saudi-backed LIV Golf series, which controversially kicked off the last week.
Some expected those who defected from the PGA Tour, including Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson, to receive a hostile reception from the crowds at Brookline, just outside Boston.
However, Mickelson and co. all received a warm welcome from golf fans at the Country Club, with no audible jeers.
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