McIlroy blames fatigue

2012-11-15 13:03
Rory McIlroy (AP)

Hong Kong - World number one Rory McIlroy admitted his first round at the $2 million UBS Hong Kong Open on Thursday was a write-off and said he was suffering from fatigue, after he posted a three-over-par 73.

"I probably just lacked a bit of energy out there, I felt a bit lethargic - mentally, more than physically, if I am being honest," he said, reflecting on the poor start to the defence of his Hong Kong crown.

In front of his watching girlfriend, tennis player Caroline Wozniacki, he had just the one birdie against four bogeys.

"I started off OK and just got more and more frustrated as the round went on. I just felt like I was hitting some decent shots and just not really converting any chances for birdies and I just let it get to me a little bit," he said.

The 23-year-old from Northern Ireland has enjoyed a hugely successful year, his third place at the Barclays Singapore Open last weekend meaning he has topped the money charts in the United States and Europe.

"I suppose after last week, it was always going to be a bit of a let-down," he added.

McIlroy said that he would put the round down to a bad day and return to Hong Kong Golf Club for the second round on Friday with renewed vigour.

"I feel like I'm playing well enough. I just need the head and the golf to match up and I'll be OK."

McIlroy said that the wind, which picked up in the afternoon, had also made life difficult.

"Hopefully I'll go out there tomorrow(Friday) morning and see if I can muster something a bit better," he said.

Leading first-round scores from the $2 million UBS Hong Kong Open on Thursday:

64 - Javier Colomo (ESP)

65 - Miguel Angel Jimenez (ESP), Andrew Dodt (AUS)

66 - Zhang Lianwei (CHN), Jose Maria Olazabal (ESP), Fredrik Andersson Hed (SWE), Y.E. Yang (KOR), Lorenzo Gagli (ITA)

67 - Michael Campbell (NZL), Joel Sjoholm (SWE), Gregory Bourdy (FRA), Mardan Mamat (SIN), Marcus Fraser (AUS), Matteo Manassero (ITA), Simon Khan (ENG), David Horsey (ENG)

68 - Simon Dyson (ENG), Daisuke Kataoka (JPN), Kwanchai Tannin (THA), Gary Boyd (ENG), Scott Hend (AUS), Peter Lawrie (IRL), David Howell (ENG), Julien Quesne (FRA), Stephen Gallacher (SCO), Jyoti Randhawa (IND)


69 - Paul Lawrie (SCO)

70 - Paul Casey (ENG)

73 - Rory McIlroy (NIR)

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