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The morning open headlines: the shocking start of Rory

PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland: Rory McIlroy, the native of Northern Ireland is this week's favorite, started his first round in a shocking way: a quad bogey in par 4 first.

McIlroy, who famously shot a course record of 61 at age 16 in Royal Portrush's previous design, received a standing ovation when it was announced on the tee. But then his tee shot left. After his two playmates, reigning US Open champion Gary Woodland and Paul Casey, retired, McIlroy had to play again, and his next tee shot found the rude.

I've bet twice for the four-way bogey, tying his worst score on a single hole in his career as the main champion.

McIlroy continued to miss the birdie on the second hole of par 5 and then bogeyed the third par 3 when the green failed with his tee shot. That left him 5 on three holes.

It was a nightmarish beginning for the man who carries the weight of so many expectations of his countrymen this week.

WHILE MEASURING, IN OTHER IRISH NEWS: Shane Lowry shot 3 under his first nine holes and then birdie on 10, giving him a part of the initial lead at 4 under.

The native of Portrush, Graeme McDowell, whose local Rathmore club is just outside the grounds with a ticket, birdied the second hole and went 1 through six.

Darren Clarke, a member of Royal Portrush and a native of Northern Ireland, opened the tournament, the first Irish Open in 68 years, by hitting the first tee shot and three of his first five holes. However, I found problems in the last nine and up to 17 holes.

The amateur James Sugrue of Ireland, one of Clarke's playmates, also started well, 2 under through six holes and was even par through 17.

The Irishman Padraig Harrington had from 2 to 5 but stepped back with four bogeys in his next 6 holes.

CRICKET ACE: Emiliano Grillo was 13 13 yards from 194 yards. He is ace 33 on the PGA TOUR this season. In addition, it is the first time since 2004 that at least one ace has been registered in each of the majors and in THE PLAYERS Championship.

X MAN: Xander Schauffele, who has played in the majors this season - T2, T16, T3 - and was runner-up at the Open last year, started with birdies on his first two holes and then went from 3 to five before suffering A bogey in the sixth. It seems that the American is heading to another good week.

ATTACK TO MAC: the Scottish Bob MacIntyre, who played collegially in the USA. UU In McNeese's state, he had the best early-stage, including a hole for the eagle in par 4 fifths. I was 4 years old under eight holes.

TIGER TEE TIME: Tiger Woods will face at 10:10 a.m. ET with Patrick Reed and Matthew Wallace. Check PGATOUR.COM for the hole-by-hole coverage of the Tiger round.