Rory McIlroy’s quest to complete a grand slam of Major titles got off to a slow start on Thursday, as he shot a one-under-par round on day one of the Masters.
The 25-year-old is aiming to become only the sixth man to win all four Major titles, but he has some catching up to do after a first-round 71 saw him end the day seven shots behind early pace-setter Jordan Spieth.
“It could have been a round that got away from me,” McIlroy told ESPN afterwards.
“I made bogey on 11 and I just stayed patient, realising that it's a 72-hole golf tournament and not having to press too much. That's what I did.
“It was good to get into red numbers after day one, and I feel with the way I'm driving the ball, if I can keep doing that and just be a little more patient with my iron play and give myself more opportunities, I'll hope to be right there at the end of the week.”