OAKMONT, PENNSYLVANIA | In the space of one round, Rory McIlroy’s U.S. Open goal changed from potentially winning to trying to make the cut after he opened with an ugly 7-over-par 77.
“I just struggled,” McIlroy said after equaling his highest score in eight U.S. Open starts.
McIlroy hit just five fairways and eight greens, leading to a rugged finish in which he bogeyed five of his last seven holes in his rain-interrupted first round.
“Honestly, I’ve been struggling with my swing, even the practice rounds a little bit,” McIlroy said. “I know what I’m doing but it’s hard to change it out there.”
McIlroy hit irons off the tee on his first three holes and missed the fairway with each, setting the tone for his disappointing start.
“I think for me the toughest thing is just trying to stay positive and not get too down on myself and … try to play well and make it to the weekend. I think right now I’m just trying to stay as positive as I can.”