Rory McIlroy makes solid start on ‘benign’ opening day at PGA National

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McIlroy is three shots off the opening-round pace set by Chad Ramey and SH Kim.
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March 1, 2024
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Rory McIlroy hit five birdies as he opened the Cognizant Classic in Florida with a four-under-par 67.

A bogey on the 17th was the only blemish on McIlroy’s card as he finished three strokes off the pace on a day of favourable conditions at PGA National.

American Chad Ramey and South Korea’s SH Kim shared the opening-day lead with seven-under-par 64s – one clear of a group which included England’s David Skinns.

“It was so benign,” said McIlroy. “You’re not going to get this course much easier.”

Skinns, the world number 278 and without a top-10 finish on the PGA Tour, had a putt on his last hole for a seventh birdie and a share of the lead.

Ireland’s Shane Lowry was alongside McIlroy on four-under-par, part of a large group which also includes Sweden’s Alex Noren and France’s Victor Perez – the best placed of the final two groups who were unable to complete the final hole due to darkness.

England’s Harry Hall and Ben Taylor, Scotland’s Martin Laird and Austrian Ryder Cup star Sepp Straka were among an even larger group on three-under-par, which included American Daniel Berger who has recently returned to the tour after a 19-month injury lay-off.

Among those a short further back were Robert MacIntyre, who was among those yet to finish, and Justin Rose, whose 69 was highlighted by a par on the 13th after his tee shot came to rest against a mesh out of bounds fence.

Play was suspended at 6:22 p.m. ET due to darkness with six players left to complete their first round. The first round will resume at 8:15 a.m. and the second round will begin as scheduled at 6:45 a.m.

Pos.PlayerThruTo ParR1
T1Chad RameyF-764
T1S.H. KimF-764
T3Andrew NovakF-665
T3Ryan MooreF-665
T3Austin EckroatF-665
T3Cameron YoungF-665
T3Chesson HadleyF-665
T3David SkinnsF-665
T9C.T. PanF-566
T9Billy HorschelF-566
T9Sam RyderF-566
T9Bud CauleyF-566
T9Chandler PhillipsF-566
T9Erik van RooyenF-566
T9Kevin YuF-566
T16Byeong Hun AnF-467
T16Tom WhitneyF-467
T16Davis ThompsonF-467
T16Matthieu PavonF-467
T16Shane LowryF-467
T16Chris KirkF-467
T16Rory McIlroyF-467
T16Nick DunlapF-467
T16Garrick HiggoF-467
T16Matt NeSmithF-467
T16Min Woo LeeF-467
T16Nico EchavarriaF-467
T16Alex NorenF-467
T16Victor Perez17-4-
T30Harry HallF-368
T30Mark HubbardF-368
T30Keith MitchellF-368
T30J.B. HolmesF-368
T30Jake KnappF-368
T30Doug GhimF-368
T30Peter MalnatiF-368
T30Ryo HisatsuneF-368
T30Martin LairdF-368
T30Tyson AlexanderF-368
T30David LipskyF-368
T30Kevin DoughertyF-368
T30Troy MerrittF-368
T30Daniel BergerF-368
T30Lucas GloverF-368
T30Sepp StrakaF-368
T30Tom KimF-368
T30Joseph BramlettF-368
T30Ben TaylorF-368
T30Carson YoungF-368
T50Hayden BuckleyF-269
T50K.H. LeeF-269
T50Corey ConnersF-269
T50Camilo VillegasF-269
T50J.T. PostonF-269
T50Ryan BrehmF-269
T50Beau HosslerF-269
T50Justin SuhF-269
T50Ben KohlesF-269
T50Jimmy StangerF-269
T50Chan KimF-269
T50Rico HoeyF-269
T50Alexander BjörkF-269
T50Parker CoodyF-269
T50Ryan FoxF-269
T50Denny McCarthyF-269
T50Justin RoseF-269
T50Cameron ChampF-269
T50Taylor PendrithF-269
T50Robert MacIntyre17-2-
T50Ben Silverman17-2-
T71Callum TarrenF-170
T71Ben MartinF-170
T71Maverick McNealyF-170
T71Matt WallaceF-170
T71Francesco MolinariF-170
T71Stephan JaegerF-170
T71Tyler ColletF-170
T71Max GreysermanF-170
T71Jacob BridgemanF-170
T71Michael GligicF-170
T71Greyson SiggF-170
T71Christiaan BezuidenhoutF-170
T71Zac BlairF-170
T71Tom HogeF-170
T71Luke ListF-170
T71Adam SvenssonF-170
T71Gary WoodlandF-170
T71Adam SchenkF-170
T71Matt FitzpatrickF-170
T71Nate LashleyF-170
T71Chris GotterupF-170
T71Norman XiongF-170
T71Joe HighsmithF-170
T71Chris CrawfordF-170
T95Tyler DuncanFPar71
T95Alex SmalleyFPar71
T95Nick HardyFPar71
T95Davis RileyFPar71
T95Zach JohnsonFPar71
T95Akshay BhatiaFPar71
T95Adrien Dumont de ChassartFPar71
T95Jorge CampilloFPar71
T95Ben GriffinFPar71
T95Taylor MontgomeryFPar71
T95Jeff OvertonFPar71
T95Brendon ToddFPar71
T95Lee HodgesFPar71
T95Joel DahmenFPar71
T95Russell HenleyFPar71
T95Rickie FowlerFPar71
T95Sungjae ImFPar71
T95Vincent NorrmanFPar71
T95Scott StallingsFPar71
T95Aaron BaddeleyFPar71
T95Padraig HarringtonFPar71
T95Carl YuanFPar71
T95Robert GarrigusFPar71
T95Fred BiondiFPar71
T95Thorbjørn OlesenFPar71
T95Rasmus Højgaard17Par-
T121Sam StevensF+172
T121Matti SchmidF+172
T121Kevin StreelmanF+172
T121Paul BarjonF+172
T121Mac MeissnerF+172
T121Braden ShattuckF+172
T121Pierceson Coody17+1-
T128Ryan PalmerF+273
T128Thomas DetryF+273
T128Patton KizzireF+273
T128Robby SheltonF+273
T128Justin LowerF+273
T128Alejandro Tosti17+2-
T134Dylan WuF+374
T134Brandt SnedekerF+374
T134Michael KimF+374
T134Brandon WuF+374
T134Matt KucharF+374
T134Patrick FishburnF+374
T134Nicholas LindheimF+374
T141Sami ValimakiF+475
T141Chase JohnsonF+475
143Kevin KisnerF+677
144Eric ColeF+778
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