US Open 2024, first round in the name of McIlroy

"I felt in complete control of most aspects of my game. I kept myself in check, mentally, and stayed steady when needed"

by Andrea Gussoni
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US Open 2024, first round in the name of McIlroy
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Rory McIlroy kicked off the 2024 US Open in spectacular fashion, sinking a 19-foot putt for birdie to tie American Patrick Cantlay for the lead at Pinehurst. McIlroy, aiming for his fifth Major and first victory since the 2014 PGA Championship, completed a bogey-free round in 65 strokes, five under par on the challenging course.

He remarked, "I felt in complete control of most aspects of my game. I kept myself in check, mentally, and stayed steady when needed."

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Patrick Cantlay, also seeking his maiden Major win, carded a bogey and six birdies, including three in the last four holes, finishing with just 23 putts—a near record on the tough Pinehurst N.2 layout.

He said, "I played solidly for most of the round. I knew the course was tough, but I managed it well. I hit a lot of fairways and found the right spots." One shot behind the co-leaders is Swedish youngster Ludvig Aberg, followed closely by Bryson De Chambeau and Matthieu Pavon.

De Chambeau impressed with two eagles during his round, setting a record for a US Open round at Pinehurst. In contrast, Scottie Scheffler struggled with his short game, finishing over par (+1) in his opening round. Tiger Woods also faced challenges, ending with a score of +4.

From the Italian contingent, Edoardo Molinari had the best start, managing a round that included two bogeys and two birdies, placing him in fiftieth position. Francesco Molinari and Chicco Molinari faced tougher beginnings, with Francesco at +3 and Chicco at +5, the latter hindered by a triple bogey on the 9th hole.

Matteo Manassero endured a tough start with a score of +9, highlighted by a triple bogey on the first hole and followed by a double bogey and five more bogeys throughout his round, leaving him in 146th position. Rory McIlroy opened the 2024 US Open in spectacular fashion, tying for the lead with Patrick Cantlay at Pinehurst thanks to a remarkable 19-foot birdie putt.

McIlroy, aiming for his fifth Major title and first since the 2014 PGA Championship, completed a flawless round of 65, finishing five under par on the challenging course. Reflecting on his performance, McIlroy stated, "I felt like I had complete control over most aspects of my game. I managed myself, my mind, and I was very steady when I needed to be."

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