ST ANDREWS, Scotland (Reuters) – Rory McIlroy was a contented man after beginning his bid for a second British Open title with a clean first-round 66 at St Andrews on Thursday.
The world quantity two picked up 4 birdies on the entrance 9 and two extra round his solely bogey on the thirteenth, earlier than nearly holing an extended eagle putt on the ultimate inexperienced to end two photographs behind pace-setter Cameron Young.
“Fantastic start,” McIlroy instructed reporters. “Just type of what you hope will occur if you’re beginning off your week. I did every little thing that you just’re supposed to do round St Andrews.”
The Northern Irishman has secured two victories this season in addition to ending second within the Masters and tied fifth on the U.S. Open, one of the crucial constant runs of type he has loved since he gained his 4 main crowns from 2011-14.
“Overall, actually happy, he mentioned. “It’s one other good start at a significant. Three in a row for me now.
“I got here in right here taking part in properly, and I’ve performed this golf course properly through the years. So I knew if I simply went on the market and performed my recreation and caught to my recreation plan, that one thing like this was attainable.”
McIlroy seems to be very snug on the golf course.
“Everything feels very settled,” he mentioned. “No actual points with my recreation. Everything feels prefer it’s in fine condition. Everything feels simply type of good and quiet, which is a pleasant manner to be.”
McIlroy, 33, mentioned he had tried to take a extra cautious strategy at occasions.
“I feel it is accepting that typically and never being overly aggressive, even if you put your self in a few of these positions,” he mentioned. “I feel that is essential.”
McIlroy is aware of a very good start is not any assure of success as he bids to win the fifth main title he has waited so lengthy for.
“I want to exit tomorrow and again up what I simply did at the moment,” he mentioned. “It’s the fiddliest Open that I’ve performed. Fiddly hasn’t actually been my forte through the years, however I’m hopefully going to make it my forte this week.”
(Reporting by Ed Osmond; Editing by Toby Davis)