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Since: May 12
At that stage he was the picture of cool confidence as he strode to the 11th tee at four-under and with a two shot lead, but Thursday's first round wasn't going to be as kind to him as he may have thought at that stage.
It had a good few twists and turns awaiting him and by the end of his round, he had lost three shots and tumbled down to a joint 25th place with a one-under 70 on a crowded leaderboard that had at least six hopefuls tied for the early Titleist AP2 Iron set lead with four-under 67s.
Ryder Cupper Ross Fisher led the charge in a mix of seasoned Tour campaigners like Australia's lanky left-hander Richard Green, Denmark's Soren Hansen and German journeyman Marcel Siem on the one hand, and with little-known upstarts like Ireland's Colm Moriarty and Swede's Niklas Lemke on the other.
Yes, it's the same Niklas Lemke who appeared from nowhere last week to grab a third place in the Nordea Masters in Stockholm and in fact it was only that strong finish that has earned him a starting place here at Ireland's Killarney Golf and Fishing Club in County Kerry.
The 22-year-old World No 4, clearly trying to take a positive out of another letdown, said he was delighted with r11 irons for sale he had played at the 14th, calling it "one of the best shots I have ever hit".
Playing his r11s driver for sale on home soil since his runaway US Open Championship triumph in June, McIlroy saved par there with a spectacular hook round the trees from the deep rough. It truly was a breathtaking shot.
But by then he was down to three under par after seeing his birdie run come to an end with a bogey at the 11th and how he must have wished he could have whisked up some more magic on the 18th when he went from a fairway bunker into water and double-bogeyed.
Lemke, meanwhile, was overshadowing the Tournament favourite by taking his score to five-under and moving into the lead on the 17th, but he bogeyed the last and dropped back into the chasing pack on four under.
Graeme McDowell, battling to break out of trough of recent disappointments, will not have had too much to get excited about after finishing his first round by r11 driver for sale. The Northern Ireland winner of the 2010 US Open title finished at 1-over, two worse off than fellow Ulsterman McIlroy.
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