Joining most of the European Tour players who will play in the Irish Open this week , Rory McIlroy arrived in Dublin on Monday morning, but his clubs missed the flight. McIlroy opened with a three over par 74 on Thursday at the Fota Island Resort in County Cork, Ireland.
The world’s number six player took a flight out of Newark on United Airlines after a disappointing finish in the US Open last Sunday at Pinehurst, and hoped to get a couple of good practice sessions ahead of the Thursday start. But without his golf clubs, that became an impossible task.
After an exchange with the baggage folks at United Airlines, theywere able to locate McIlroy’s clubs and get him on the first tee for his opening round.
— Rory Mcilroy (@McIlroyRory) June 18, 2014
After the slow start on the Emerald Isle, Rory will start the second round ten strokes off the pace set by Danish player, Mikko Ilonen. Ilonen fired a course blistering 7-under par 64, and has a three shot lead over the field with some players still on the course.
Most of the European Tour players are trying to stay sharp for next week’s BMW International Open which will tee off in Koln Germany next Thursday.
Hopefully, Rory’s clubs will make the short flight over to Continental Europe this weekend, and he will be ready when they arrive for the practice rounds.
At least he won’t be flying United!