Published: Fri, May 04, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Wells Fargo Championship: Tyrrell Hatton tied for clubhouse lead ahead of McIlroy

Wells Fargo Championship: Tyrrell Hatton tied for clubhouse lead ahead of McIlroy

Peterson, ranked No. 776 in the world, hasn't finished better than a tie for 47th in four starts on the PGA Tour in 2018.

He won the Wells Fargo here in 2010 and 2015, though there have been some changes to the course, so this week serves as a soft landing spot for McIlroy, who hasn't been shy professing his love for Quail Hollow. 8 and 9 to get his round jump-started.

McIlroy's first dropped shot came at the 18th when he found water with his approach shot to the par-4. "Especially the first 15 holes".

"Hit the ball much better today, drove it much better and the course is a little easier than it was last August in the PGA", McIlroy said. "When you get overconfident on those three holes, it can bite you".

Texan John Peterson made back-to-back eagles late in Round 1 to post 65 (-6) and a two-shot lead. Playing on a Major Medical Exemption, Peterson has only eight events this season to earn 274 FedExCup points to keep his full privileges. Entering this week, he had 20 points and $57,069.

McIlroy said in the days that followed he spent time replaying bad shots in his head. "I've never had consecutive eagles before. If it doesn't happen, then whatever".

More news: Kim Kardashian Finally Speaks Out On Tristan Thompson Cheating On Khloe

"Not often do you go nearly 30 minutes without having to putt", said Peterson. I play that golf course well enough, I've five top 10s [finishes] in a row.

ATLANTA-It took Rory McIlroy some time - and a few bottles of wine and some prodding by his wife - to get over his loss at the Masters last month.

Woods mixed three birdies with as many bogeys to join Masters champion Patrick Reed six off the pace, with Justin Thomas further stroke adrift following an opening-round 73.

McIlroy, who needs only to win the Masters to become just the sixth player to win the modern career Grand Slam, was speaking about his disappointing final-round performance in this year's Masters when he revealed just how special he views the year's first major at Augusta. Koepka was paired with Reed and Woods as he makes just his second start following a fourth-month layoff to recover from a wrist injury.

McIlroy was making his first appearance since his lacklustre final-round 76 at the Masters. When I asked him what his birthday plans would be, he said: "Hopefully, go out and shoot a 62". I've had success here before. The Quail Hollow Club member received a sponsor's invite, allowing him to play in a home game this week. He's grinding and, just as I predicted in my preview, is frustrated with the greens, their grain and speed. "Even if you don't hit it quite so well, you can still get away with it most times".

Success! An email has been sent with a link to confirm list signup.

Like this: