The 2014 champion golfer of the 12 months was one of many few gamers to usually pull driver out of his bag on Thursday, with many of the discipline hitting irons to concentrate on accuracy over distance.
McIlroy hit solely 26.7 p.c of fairways, however the four-time main winner is assured he has the proper recreation plan to overcome the 147th British Open.
“I did not see the green a lot, however as I stated at first of the week, it’s extremely playable from not within the fairway,” he stated.
“So long as you do not hit it within the fairway bunkers, you are at all times going to have a shot on the inexperienced. That is why I attempted to remain as aggressive as I probably may despite the fact that I wasn’t hitting the driving force perhaps in addition to I may, and I stored lacking.
“, it wasn’t fairly off the tee, however I acquired it achieved, and I took benefit of some unlucky bounces. I might have taken 69 to start out the day.
“Even should you play aggressive round right here, you would possibly make extra bogeys than enjoying it protected, however you are going to make extra birdies as nicely. You are going to give your self extra birdie appears.
“That is my recreation plan this week. I am satisfied that that is the best way that I ought to play it. It is not going to be for everybody, but it surely labored out fairly nicely.”
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Requested if he would undertake the identical ways Friday, when he’s among the many early starters amid the forecast of rain on the Angus hyperlinks course, the Northern Irishman responded: “Sure, hopefully I am going to hit a number of extra fairways, however I am going to undertake the identical technique.”
McIlroy’s 2-under-par effort left him three strokes adrift of early chief Kevin Kisner, with Erik van Rooyen, Tony Finau and Zander Lombard one stroke worse than the American.
Three-time Open champion Tiger Woods even after Spherical 1. Reigning champion Jordan Spieth dropped 4 photographs over the ultimate 4 holes to complete 1 over, whereas Dustin Johnson’s triple-bogey 7 on the 18th left him nicely again on 5 over.