Jun 16, 2022; Brookline, Massachusetts, USA; Rory McIlroy plays a shot from a bunker on the fifth hole during the first round of the U.S. Open golf tournament. Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

  • Professional golfers are so relatable, aren’t they?

    Rory McIlroy, who shot an opening round 67 at the U.S. Open in Brookline to head to the clubhouse tied for the lead at 3 under par, ran into trouble in the rough on the par 4 5th hole. Who hasn’t had a moment (or 200 moments) like this while enjoying a nice round of golf?

  • After graciously manicuring the bunker in a moment of slight frustration, Rory then scrambled for par, because that’s exactly how any golfer would respond to adversity after a bad shot.

  • So relatable, right?

    Rory finished the round with four birdies, but this par was probably the defining moment of his first day at The Country Club. McIlroy is coming off his victory at the Canadian Open this past weekend and appears primed to contend for his second U.S. Open title and his first major tournament victory since 2014.

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