(Reuters) – Rory McIlroy shot a three-under-par 67 in his Canadian Open debut as Keegan Bradley took the early first-round lead in Hamilton, Ontario on Thursday.
Jun 6, 2019; Hamilton, Ontario, CAN; Rory McIlroy tees off on the primary gap through the first spherical of the 2019 RBC Canadian Open golf event at Hamilton Golf & Nation Membership. Necessary Credit score: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports activities
McIlroy combined 5 birdies with two bogeys at Hamilton Golf & Nation Membership.
The Northern Irishman was the most popular participant on the earth for the primary three months of the 12 months, together with victory on the prestigious Gamers Championship.
However he has cooled off these days, not difficult for victory at both of the primary two majors of the season, the Masters and PGA Championship. He additionally missed the lower on the Memorial event final week.
Defending champion Dustin Johnson acquired off to a horrible begin, although it may have been worse.
Johnson plunged to 3 over par after 9 holes however recovered for a one-over 71.
World quantity 37 Bradley notched seven birdies to set the tempo on seven-under 63, one shot forward of Irishman Shane Lowry, South Korean Im Sung-jae, Canadian Nick Taylor and South African Erik van Rooyen.
Johnson, McIlroy and different high gamers together with world primary Brooks Koepka are competing in Hamilton with a watch in direction of sharpening their video games forward of subsequent week’s U.S. Open at Pebble Seaside.
The Hamilton course was damp after torrential rain on event eve.
“I assumed it was gong to be soaking wet nevertheless it dried out good,” American Webb Simpson informed PGA Tour Radio after capturing 66.
“It’s previous type, doglegs, powerful par-threes, provides you birdie alternatives all through the day however nonetheless difficult.”
Reporting by Andrew Each in Cary, North Carolina, enhancing by Ed Osmond