Despite coming into Augusta National with high hopes this year, Rory McIlroy is off to disappointing start at the 2020 Masters.
As he nears the conclusion of his first-round, the 31-year-old is 3-over, one of the worst rounds in a low-scoring start to the tournament. He’s currently in the bottom-15 in the field and well off of the projected cut line.
His most recent mistake came at the par-3 16th. McIlroy could be heard saying “that’s just so bad, oh my God” after he chunked an 8-iron into the pond.
Take a look:
— Bet The Greens (@betthegreens) November 13, 2020
The tee shot on 16 was just one of many mis-hits that McIlroy had in his first round. As the fifth-ranked player coming into the weekend, expectations were high for the 31-year-old.
Here’s a look at another one of his tee-shots from the first round, which he finished early on Friday morning.
Rory McIlroy wishes he could have this one back 😬 pic.twitter.com/LzQIrCzgXn
— Sporting News (@sportingnews) November 13, 2020
McIlroy’s start comes as somewhat of a surprise, considering his play at Augusta National throughout his career. Although he’s never come away with a green jacket, he’s finished in the top-10 five times in the last six years.
The 2020 Masters got off to a strange start as heavy rains delayed the start of the tournament. Many players were able to get off to strong starts with the soft conditions, leaving a plethora of players up at the top of the leaderboard.
Paul Casey led early on at 7-under, but multiple big names are within a few shots of the lead.
All-in-all, it’s shaping up to be a Masters to remember.
The beginning of the second-round is now on ESPN.