Rory McIlroy Rocked up a Hangover at Canadian open…

By | June 2, 2024

Rory McIlroy admitted he was feeling a little worse for wear ahead of his opening round in Canada (Image: PGA Tour)

Rory McIlroy amusingly came clean moments after he made a strong start in his quest for a third Canadian Open title, admitting to feeling “groggy” during his bogey-free round of four-under-par to sit four shots off the lead.

He revealed to golf journalist Adam Schupak that he had overindulged in wine while celebrating caddie Harry Diamond’s birthday the previous evening.

Despite his self-confessed hangover, McIlroy showed no signs of tiredness on the course. He successfully navigated the challenging back nine in level par before stepping up his game as he approached the turn.

The 35-year-old birdied the 10th hole and added three more birdies in a four-hole stretch from the fifth to the eighth, finishing in a tie for sixth place after the opening day.

Reflecting on his performance, McIlroy said: “So I played the back nine blind. I hadn’t seen the back nine, only played the front nine in the pro-am so I was happy enough to get out of there in even par and not make a bogey. But once I got those nine holes out of the way, I knew there were some chances on the front side and played much better. Four birdies and no bogeys was a good day’s work.

“I’ve played a lot of golf this year. I’m on another four-week stretch, but it’s been good. I’ve started to play my way into form and I’ve played well the past few weeks and hopefully, I can keep that going.”

However, it was tougher going on Friday for the Northern Irishman, as he dropped to tied-30th after posting a two-over 72 – now sitting eight shots off leaders Ryan Fox and Robert MacIntyre.

McIlroy is playing in his first tournament since competing at the US PGA Championship, in which he finished tied for 12th at Valhalla earlier this month.

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