Rory McIlroy crashes back down to earth after shock first round defeat at Dell World Match Play

RORY McILROY was introduced crashing down to earth after his Arnold Palmer Invitational victory as he was floored in his opening match at the Dell World Match Play.

McIlroy misplaced 2&1 to American Peter Uihlein – at 63rd on the planet rankings, one of many lowest ranked gamers on this elite World Golf Championship subject.

 Rory McIlroy suffered a shock defeat to Peter Uihlein

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Rory McIlroy suffered a shock defeat to Peter Uihlein

However it seemed like being a much more humiliating comedown for the previous world No 1. He discovered himself 5 down after ten holes, earlier than rediscovering a few of the magic that introduced him his first win in 18 months.

McIlroy rattled off 5 birdies in a row from the twelfth to give himself the prospect of salvaging an outrageous tie. Nevertheless it was throughout when the birdie spree ended at the brief seventeenth.

He admitted he discovered it exhausting to come out firing simply seventy two hours after an excellent ultimate round sixty four noticed him win by three photographs at Bay Hill.

He commented: “I didn’t play that badly early on – I simply got here out somewhat flat, and the circumstances have been a bit tough. It was a bit gusty on the market which made it arduous to discover a rhythm.

 The four-time Major champ struggled out the blocks in Austin

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The 4-time Main champ struggled out the blocks in Austin
 Peter Uihlein is one of the lowest ranked players in the field

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Peter Uihlein is among the lowest ranked gamers within the area

“He was a couple of underneath for the entrance 9, and he didn’t make a single bogey all day. It was exhausting to attempt to claw it back after that begin, however I made him earn it at least. I made the scoreline somewhat extra respectable.

“A minimum of the format of this occasion means I nonetheless have two extra matches to give myself an opportunity of going by means of to the knockout rounds.

“Clearly it’s out of my arms now, however I simply have to overlook this one and win my subsequent two matches. And hopefully it’ll nonetheless work out in my favour.

McIlroy’s former Ryder Cup companion, Ian Poulter, could be very a lot in charge of his personal destiny after dusting off the putter he used to spark the Miracle at Medinah and handing European No 1 Tommy Fleetwood a three&2 beating.

 Ian Poulter showed Tommy Fleetwood he can still mix it with the big boys

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Ian Poulter confirmed Tommy Fleetwood he can nonetheless combine it with the large boys

Hhhmmmm what have I discovered within the workplace… Stated 2012 Medinah putter…

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Poulter was hailed as a ‘Match Play Ninja’ by Fleetwood within the construct-up to the all-England conflict, and he confirmed there’s loads of life within the previous warrior but.

Poulter, forty two, wants to win this World Golf Championship occasion or the Houston Open to qualify for the Masters in two weeks’ time, and he used his Twitter account to sound an actual declaration of intent.

He tweeted: "I went to the putter stash in my workplace and pulled out the Ryder Cup Europe #Medinah putter for this week’s Dell Match Play in Austin Texas.

“If there’s a putter that may get the juices flowing it’s this child. Let’s be doing this. I would like to play this yr’s Masters.”

Poulter admitted that putter had been put apart as a memento, earlier than he determined this was the right time to attempt to “recreate the identical mojo”.

He even donned a pink shirt that bore a hanging resemblance to the one he wore when his 5 birdie burst impressed Europe to overturn a ten-four deficit at Medinah six years in the past – with McIlroy as his admiring fourball companion.

There was no repeat of these placing heroics this time, nevertheless it was nonetheless a massively satisfying win.

RORY McILROY was introduced crashing down to earth after his Arnold Palmer Invitational victory as he was floored in his opening match at the Dell World Match Play.