Steady start for McIlroy in Korea

Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy is four shots off the pace after round one of the Kolon-Hana Bank Korea Open.

Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy made a solid start to the Kolon-Hana Bank Korea Open as five players claimed a share of the lead at the end of the first round.
McIlroy, 20, started on the back nine and though he reached the turn in two over he recovered with three birdies to return to the clubhouse with an level par 71 that left him four shots off the pace.
South Koreans Kim Dae-sub, Kang Kyung-sool, Kim Dae-hyun, Park Boo-won and Australian Michael Wright finished the day in a tie for the lead on four-under-par 67.
“It’s a difficult course, really quite tight so level par is not a bad start. I did well to get things back to even,” said McIlroy.
Japanese starlet Ryo Ishikawa, who last week won the Fujisankei Classic, shot a one-under-par 70 after firing five birdies against two bogeys and a double bogey.
“It takes a bit of adjusting playing here in Korea,” he said. “It’s an okay start and I have plenty of time to work myself into position.
“The conditions are different and I really need to work on my feel around the greens.”