Rory McIlroy falls foul of rule change as Thomas Detry sets early pace

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McIlroy trails by eight shots after two-stroke penalty for dropping in the wrong place.
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February 2, 2024
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Belgium’s Thomas Detry took a one-shot lead after the first round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-AM as Rory McIlroy suffered a dramatic late-round collapse.

McIlroy, playing his first PGA Tour round of the year after a win and a second place in Dubai, was leading after 14 holes as three successive birdies took him to six-under-par.

But the world number two dropped five strokes in his final four holes at Spyglass Hill – one of two courses being used by the 80-strong field – including a triple bogey at the par five seventh hole after he fell foul of a rule change which cost him a two-shot penalty.

Having dropped within a club length of an unplayable lie, he was informed before signing his card for a final 71 of a change in the rules that a player must drop on the direct line.

“I wasn’t aware that that rule was changed again in 2023, so I took a drop thinking of the 2019 rules when everything was sort of changed, said McIlroy, who trails Detry by eight strokes.

The Belgian started and finished with three birdies carding a career-high ten birdies and a career-low round 63 on TOUR.  American Patrick Cantlay lies one shot behind.

Matthieu Pavon, who won last week's Farmers Insurance Open, was a shot further back on 65 after the best round of the day at Pebble Beach.

Justin Rose birdied his three holes at Spyglass Hill in a four-under-par 68, one better than fellow Englishmen Tommy Fleetwood and Matt Fitzpatrick.

Nick Dunlap, playing his first round as a professional after winning The American Express tournament as an amateur last month, was tied for last place after a four-over-par 76.

The AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am is the second Signature Event of the 2024 PGA TOUR Season and only Signature Event that has a set field size (due to the pro-am format). The event features no cut and is played on two courses (Pebble Beach Golf Links and Spyglass Hill Golf Course), with the pro-am portion concluding on Friday.

Pos.PlayerTo ParR1
1Thomas Detry(SH)-963
2Patrick Cantlay(SH)-864
3Matthieu Pavon(PB)-765
T4Emiliano Grillo(SH)-666
T4Si Woo Kim(PB)-666
T6Rickie Fowler(SH)-567
T6Collin Morikawa(PB)-567
T8Ludvig Åberg(SH)-468
T8Eric Cole(PB)-468
T8Denny McCarthy(PB)-468
T8Sam Burns(SH)-468
T8Justin Rose(SH)-468
T8Justin Thomas(SH)-468
T14Christiaan Bezuidenhout(PB)-369
T14Taylor Montgomery(PB)-369
T14Tommy Fleetwood(SH)-369
T14Kurt Kitayama(PB)-369
T14Scottie Scheffler(SH)-369
T14Max Homa(PB)-369
T14Sepp Straka(SH)-369
T14Viktor Hovland(SH)-369
T14Mark Hubbard(PB)-369
T14Erik van Rooyen(PB)-369
T14Matt Fitzpatrick(PB)-369
T14Matt Kuchar(PB)-369
T14Jason Day(SH)-369
T14Peter Malnati(PB)-369
T14Beau Hossler(SH)-369
T29Brendon Todd(PB)-270
T29Lee Hodges(SH)-270
T29Sahith Theegala(SH)-270
T29S.H. Kim(PB)-270
T29Adam Svensson(PB)-270
T29Cam Davis(SH)-270
T29J.T. Poston(SH)-270
T29Corey Conners(SH)-270
T29Taylor Moore(SH)-270
T29Keegan Bradley(SH)-270
T39Rory McIlroy(SH)-171
T39Cameron Young(SH)-171
T39Sam Ryder(PB)-171
T39Chris Kirk(SH)-171
T39Tom Kim(PB)-171
T39Nick Taylor(PB)-171
T39Davis Riley(SH)-171
T39Nick Hardy(PB)-171
T39Tom Hoge(SH)-171
T39Alex Noren(PB)-171
T39Byeong Hun An(SH)-171
T50Andrew Putnam(SH)Par72
T50Russell Henley(PB)Par72
T50Sungjae Im(PB)Par72
T50Brian Harman(SH)Par72
T50Maverick McNealy(PB)Par72
T50Luke List(PB)Par72
T50Kevin Yu(SH)Par72
T50Adam Scott(SH)Par72
T50Seamus Power(PB)Par72
T50Tony Finau(PB)Par72
T50Jordan Spieth(SH)Par72
T50Wyndham Clark(SH)Par72
T62Grayson Murray(SH)+173
T62Adam Hadwin(PB)+173
T62Webb Simpson(PB)+173
T62Alex Smalley(PB)+173
T62Stephan Jaeger(SH)+173
T62Lucas Glover(PB)+173
T62Xander Schauffele(PB)+173
T62Brandon Wu(PB)+173
T62J.J. Spaun(PB)+173
T71Ben Griffin(PB)+274
T71Adam Schenk(SH)+274
T71Keith Mitchell(SH)+274
T71Nicolai Højgaard(SH)+274
T75Hideki Matsuyama(SH)+375
T75Harris English(PB)+375
T77Hayden Buckley(PB)+476
T77Mackenzie Hughes(SH)+476
T77Patrick Rodgers(PB)+476
T77Nick Dunlap(PB)+476
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AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-AM 2024

Date: February 1st - 4th 2024

Location: Pebble Beach Golf Links & Spyglass Hill Golf Course, Pebble Beach, California

Purse: $20,000,000

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