Rory McIlroy is off to a fast start in the 2022 U.S. Open, shooting a 3-under 67 in the first round on Thursday. His second
round isn't going as well as the first. After pars on the opening two holes, the Irishman found himself in danger on
the par-4 third. In the extremely tall fescue at The Country Club, his second shot ended up to the right of the green. He had
to chop his way out of the thorny grass three times. McIlroy's performance on No. 3 could have been much worse. He drained
a long putt to lessen the damage, as he had done all day on Thursday, and finished the hole with a double-bogey.
On Thursday, the 2011 US Open champion had a similar terrible experience with the fescue grass. McIlroy is still within striking
distance of the lead despite the blowup hole on No. 3. He is presently tied for 15th place at 1-under par for the event.
At 4-under, Callum Tarren is the tournament leader. Rory McIlroy has never been awful — far from it — but in
the eight years since his last major championship, he has lost his grasp on greatness (or, at the very least
He's continued to have success on the PGA Tour, with consecutive victories and high World Golf Ranking places, but a true return to