ORLANDO, Fla – There may be no better place than Bay Hill and no better tournament than the Arnold Palmer Invitational for Rory McIlroy to play a part

McIlroy, the former World No. first and four-time grand winner put himself in the best position to end his streak of victories at the HSBC Champions of the 2019 Golf World Championship with a glittering 6-under-par-66 Thursday and the To take the lead in the opening round of Arnie’s annual bash

McIlroy made five consecutive birdies on his front nine, two more on the back, and made just one bogey and put his signature on one of his best rounds of the year

“I’ve seen Tiger enough here over the years and the way he played this course was, he played it very conservatively, he took care of the par-5, and that was usually good enough to get the job done McIlroy said, “So take a little sheet of paper out of his book”

Not a bad read as Woods has eight records here McIlroy has taken four top six finishes in the past four years, including winning in 2018

“I feel like you don’t have to do anything special to get a good score here,” added McIlroy. “You can be really conservative if you want to. There are a number of irons you can tee off.” / p>

“I think the hardest thing about this course is the par 3 players, and I played them 3-under today so that was a bonus”

McIlroy, 31, had a 1 shot lead over Bryson DeChambeau, who did not attempt to drive the green by hitting the par-5 6 across the massive lake but still birdwatched the hole and five another added for a 67 Jason Kokrak shot 68 and three players were at 69, with many others still on the field

McIlroy has made 23 starts without a win with 18 PGA Tour titles and a total of 27 wins worldwide. He was the hottest player before the global COVID-19 pandemic ended the PGA Tour while getting 10 top 10 finishes along the route he is on No. 1 fallen 8 in the world, its lowest rank since 2019

“The nice thing is that it basically feels better every time I go to the golf course,” said McIlroy. “I saw a lot of really positive signs today which is very encouraging”

Especially the 5-irons that he got on Jan. and 17 hit, two difficult par 3s that resulted in birdies

“Little pulls in the wind, it flew the way I wanted,” he said. “Those shots I wanted to hit last week missed the target 20 meters from the target. It was nice to see how they came out of the window I was expecting ”

“I’ve always felt comfortable here,” said McIlroy. “I saw the other day that this course, more than any other on the PGA Tour, correlated the number of strokes from the tee with performance on the course higher than anywhere else and obviously me and Bryson, No. 1 and 2 in strokes from the tee for the season, and we both got two good results today ”

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Arnold Palmer Invitational

World News – USA – Rory McIlroy follows Tiger Woods’ leadership and competes again at the Arnold Palmer Invitational

Source: https://golfweek.usatoday.com/2021/03/04/rory-mcilroy-tiger-woods-arnold-palmer-invitational/