World no. 2 Rory McIlroy took the joint lead in the opening round of the $2.75 million UBS Hong Kong Open where the US Open champion fired an impressive six-under-par 64. The Northern Irishman shared the lead with Spaniard Alvaro Quiros and Englishman David Horsey.
McIlroy struggled with bad weather on the Hong Kong Golf Club course and managed to stay bogey-free, delivering his “best round ever“.
However, McIlroy was careful not to be over- enthusiastic about the opening round as he got disappointed before in 2008 and 2009 when he finished as a runner-up. The golfer said that he grabbed the lead in the opening round in many tournaments and had to play very well to keep this lead.
McIlroy fired two birdies on the first nine and four, delivering the best performance among the group that included Hong Kong Open winner Ian Poulter who settled for a one-over 71.
In the meantime, long hitter Alvaro Quiros climbed on top of the leaderboard together with two-time Europan Tour winner Horsey thanks to his short-putting skills.
Two-time Hong Kong Open champion Miguel Angel Jimenez also has a good shot at the title with a five-under-par 65.
Things were not so good for world number 17 Justin Rose as he carded a four-over 74 in his debut performance at the Hong Kong Open.
One group did not finish the first round because of poor light.