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Rory McIlroy is a hot name in golf lately. Unfortunately, most of it is not due to his play on the course.
McIlroy skipped the RBC Heritage earlier this season because he needed a “mental health break.” Those are all the rage with millennials, but most young people who use a “mental health day” to get out of work don’t lose $3 million.
But McIlroy did, thanks to missing his second designated event of the season. That cost him a large portion of his PGA Tour bonus.
That aside, though, McIlroy is finally back in action this week at Quail Hollow in the Wells Fargo Championship. McIlroy missed the cut at the Masters the last time we saw him in a tournament.
On Thursday morning, McIlroy began his quest to win the event. And he did so on his 34th birthday.
Rory McIlroy shoots very fitting first round at Quail Hollow
McIlroy opened his front nine with a … 34. Yes, he shot a 34 on the front at Quail Hollow on his 34th birthday.
On the back nine, McIlroy shot … 34. Yes, he shot a 34 on the back at Quail Hollow on his 34th birthday.
Thanks in part to this crazy shot.
McIlroy finds himself in the mix at the Wells Fargo, currently a couple shots back of the leaders. But it appears that break from golf helped him return ready to go.
This is a great spot for him, too, as he’s won this tournament three times — 2010 (when it was called the Quail Hollow Championship), 2015 and 2021.
He also holds the tournament record for four-round score, shooting -21 in 2015.
McIlroy entered the tournament as a heavy betting favorite, and he put himself in position to contend with his 34-34 effort.
A lot of golf left to play, but a fitting start for Rory McIlroy.
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