McIlroy starts The Open with quadruple bogey

Rory McIlroy

McIlroy dominated the pre-tournament hype as he admitting winning a major championship on his home course would be a career highlight and it appears the tension of the moment affected him as he fired his tee shot out of bounds with an iron.

This was only the second quad McIlroy ever carded in a major; the first came in the final round of the 2013 U.S. Open.

But he already has a mountain to climb as he made a disastrous start to his title bid at the first hole - the 421 yard par four - where he was forced to accept two penalty shots.

McIlroy would par the par-5 second before dropping one more shot at the par-3 3rd, meaning he was 5 over par just three holes into his tournament.

MEANWHILE, IN OTHER IRISH NEWS: Shane Lowry shot 3 under through his first nine holes and then birdied the 10th, giving him a share of the early lead at 4 under.

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The Northern Irishman, a four-time major victor, is seeking his second Claret Jug but already faces a huge task to climb the leaderboard.

His round took another turn for the worse as a wayward tee-shot at the 5th hole ended up in deep rough, but he managed to save par with a solid recovery chip and two putts.

Amateur James Sugrue from Ireland, one of Clarke's playing partners, also started well, 2 under through six holes and was even par through 17. It's the 33rd ace on the PGA TOUR this season. "That was unbelievable. The nerves can get to the best of players".

TIGER'S TEE TIME: Tiger Woods will tee off at 10:10 a.m. ET with Patrick Reed and Matthew Wallace.

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