May 2nd, 2019
Wells Fargo International
McIlroy leads the way at Quail Hollow
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In his first outing since The Masters, Rory McIlroy carded an opening five under par 66 to share the lead of the Wells Fargo International from Quail Hollow. The Northern Irishman shares the lead with America’s Joel Dahmen, one of GolfPunk’s each-way tips for the event.
McIlroy, who has won twice before at Quail Hollow, including his first PGA Tour win back in 2010, carded five birdies in a fine back nine of 31. Sitting one back from the leaders is a group of five including Patrick Reed of America and Scotland’s Martin Laird. Laird who had an early start from the 10th tee, carded five birdies in his round of 67.
World number two Justin Rose got off to a great start with two birdies in the first three holes but struggled on the back nine and is sitting four back from the leaders.
McIlroy struggled in the early part of his round, with some errant driving, including a trip to the water at the par five 7th hole. He would bogey the 7th and turned in even par. However, he came alive on the back nine of 31, which still required some good recovery work. The World number four made an amazing recovery shot at the 12th and a great up and down at the 14th which set up a run of three straight birdies.
Dahmen, who sits atop of the pile with McIroy belied his World ranking of 125 with a bogey free round including a fine birdie at the last.
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