McIlroy stumbles on 17

Rory McIlroy was disappointed with his finish in the final three holes of the opening round at Quail Hollow on Thursday.

The four-time Major winner returns to the scene of his first PGA Tour win at the Wells Fargo Championship this weekend.

McIlroy arrived at the 11th tee sitting on three under for the round after four birdies and a bogey.

A bogey on the par four eleventh would set him back, but he bounced back with birdies on the 14th and 15th.

The world number one looked set for a strong finish that would out him up their amongst the leaders, but a misjudged iron off the tee at the par three 17th crashed into the rocks in front of the green and landed in the water hazard.

McIlroy would land his third shot from the drop zone just eight feet from the pin, but he two putted up the hill for a disappointing double bogey.

The par – double bogey – par finish would see McIlroy card a two under 70, five strokes of leader Robert Streb.

“I was excited to get back here, I’ve got great memories of Quail Hollow,” the 26-year-old told Sky Sports.

“For the most part today it was solid golf. I took advantage of the holes I needed to out there. I was a little bit disappointed with how it finished but it’s a solid opening day. I’ll get out there tomorrow morning with good greens and hopefully shoot something a bit lower.

“I need to get out there early tomorrow and hopefully shoot something a little bit lower, keeping the mistakes off my card for the next three days.”