It seems like McIlroy’s wish to win one or a few tournaments before the end of the season might come true. The Northern Irishman added his name to the PGA Grand Slam leaderboard together with American Keegan Bradley after the opening round.
The US Open champion turned in a four-under par 67, the same result as PGA Champion Keegan Bradley, at the tournament with a $1.35 million purse staged at Port Royal Golf Course.
McIlroy, who won a major event for the first time this year, was not affected by jet lag after an exhausting flight from China where he participated in an exhibition. The 22-year-old made birdies on the fifth and seventh holes, shot bogeys on the 11th and 13th holes but always made a birdie after bad shots.
The Northern Irishman found his game after the birdie on the 14th hole and shot a few birdies to secure the same result as Bradley.
The current Masters champion, South Africa’s Charl Schwartzel, came in third after recording a 64 while, the British Open winner, Northern Irishman Darren Clarke, showed the poorest result with a 77.
The winner of the tournament that has brought together the current champions of this year’s four major tournaments will receive a prize check of $600,000 while the runner-up will settle for half as much. The third-place holder will take home $250,000 and, no matter how bad the last-placed golfer plays, he will get $200,000.