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Byline: KEN LAGAN

RORY McILROY was miles off the pace after the first round of the Memorial tournament yesterday.

The Holywood man shot a three over par 75 at a soft Muirfield Village course in Dublin, Ohio, to lie ten shots off the pace set by Ryan Moore.

Moore birdied five of the first seven holes to set a cracking pace, posting a seven-under 65 to head resurgent Jordan Spieth by one stroke with half the field back in the clubhouse.

But most eyes were on Tiger Woods in his first competitive round since missing the cut at the PGA Championship two weeks ago.

The 43-year-old needs one more victory to match Sam Snead's record 82 wins on the PGA Tour, though perhaps more importantly, the Memorial offers Woods a chance to assess his form heading to the US Open at Pebble Beach in two weeks' time.

After winning the Masters in April, Woods requires three more major titles to match the record of 18 held by Jack Nicklaus, this week's tournament host.

"One of those days (where) it could have easily flipped, I feel like I could have got a few more out of it," Woods said of his two under par score.

"It's so soft out there, it's definitely gettable and look at the scores, the guys are doing it."

Spieth was tied for the lead until bogeying his penultimate hole, but nonetheless it was another promising performance on the back of his recent revival after a slow start to the year.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:May 31, 2019
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