The massive-hitting Northern Irishman walloped his drive, leaning on his membership when he realized it was hooking dramatically to the left, with the ball finally ending in somebody’s swimming pool in a close-by home.
The wayward drive wasn’t the one time McIlroy’s ball took a splash throughout his match towards Ian Poulter, as he needed to take a drop on 13 after his chip throughout the inexperienced rolled into the water.
Discovering the water twice was simply one in all a litany of errors McIlroy made in his opening group sport on the PGA Tour occasion on the Austin Nation Membership.
Having fallen three down after 5 holes, he was finally thrashed 6-and-5 to Englishman Poulter.
The 31-year-old, who has had struggles along with his swing and has just lately employed famend coach Pete Cowen to his crew, declined to talk with the media after his spherical.
McIlroy has not gained a PGA Tour occasion because the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions in November 2019, and his rating has plummeted from No. 1 to No. 11 within the official world golf rankings.
He now faces American Lanto Griffin in his subsequent group match along with his last match towards Australia’s Cameron Smith, who completed joint second finally yr’s Masters.
Poulter, the sixtieth of 64 seeds on the match, sympathized with McIlroy’s struggles and believes the hiring of Cowen will assist rejuvenate his Ryder Cup teammate.
“And obviously he missed a couple of tee shots left. From that point, he was trying to hit, a kind of, a bit of a hold-up cut. But it’s Rory, it doesn’t take a lot for Rory to spark up pretty quickly and I wasn’t surprised with anything, I just felt that I had done a pretty decent job of putting him under pressure. I made it difficult for him.”
The 64 gamers at Austin are break up into 16 teams of 4 with solely the group winners advancing to the knockout phases on the weekend.
Elsewhere, there have been easy wins for world No. 1 Dustin Johnson, Jon Rahm and Bryson DeChambeau, amongst others.