Rory McIlroy vowed to not get forward of himself as he headed into the second spherical of the US PGA Championship in pole place to finish his main drought.
Since successful the final of his 4 majors within the 2014 US PGA, McIlroy had been a mixed 35 over par within the first spherical of golf’s 4 greatest tournaments, his most up-to-date effort being a one-over-par 73 in April’s Masters.
But it was a very completely different story on a sweltering opening day at Southern Hills as McIlroy carded seven birdies and two bogeys in a gap 65 to report his lowest spherical in a significant for the reason that 2011 US Open.
McIlroy went on to win his first main title by eight photographs at Congressional, and stated on Thursday: “It is a superb begin however I’m not getting forward of myself. I did just about every thing it’s worthwhile to do on the market and I’m going to must preserve doing the identical the subsequent three days.
“Overall, it was an important day. Great to get off to an important begin at a significant championship for a change.
“I came in here knowing my game is in good shape so it is a matter of executing the shots you know you can – I need to replicate that.”
McIlroy held a one-shot lead over Will Zalatoris and Tom Hoge, whereas taking part in companions Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth had been going through battles to make the lower after rounds of 74 and 72 respectively.
Woods was two underneath par for his first 5 holes however struggled from then on and admitted his proper leg – which he feared might must be amputated following final yr’s automobile crash – was not “feeling as good as I would like”.
Spieth must raise the Wanamaker Trophy on Sunday night to turn out to be solely the sixth participant to finish a profession grand slam.