Rory McIlroy endures poor start to Irish Open

McIlroy endures poor start to Irish Open
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World number two Rory McIlroy records a two-over-par score of 74 for his opening round at the Irish Open.

Rory McIlroy has made a poor start in his attempt to win his first Irish Open title.

The world number two has endured a poor 2013 and that form continued at Carton House on a rainy morning in County Kildare.

McIlroy bogeyed two out of his opening three holes of the tournament, before responding with a birdie at the next.

The two-time Major winner recorded another dropped shot to go to the turn at two-over and couldn't find any improvement during his final nine holes.

He made seven pars in succession and ended his round with bogey and a birdie respectively to go to the clubhouse with a 74.

Rory McIlroy celebrates moments after finishing his final shot to win the World Tour Championship in Dubai on November 25, 2012
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