McIlroy Bounces Back

(from Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy put his Masters disaster behind him to card a three-under 69 in the first round of the Malaysia Open in Kuala Lumpur.

The 21-year-old threw away a four-shot lead at the Masters, eventually finishing joint 15th, 10 shots behind winner Charl Schwartzel.

McIlroy sits five shots behind leader Alexander Noren of Sweden, while South African Schwartzel shot a one over 73.

World number one Martin Kaymer shot 70 to finish two under.

McIlroy and Schwartzel travelled together to the tournament in a private jet, but the golf clubs of both players were lost in transit during the journey.

Both sets turned up on Wednesday, but not in time for Schwartzel, who had an early start on Thursday, to practice with his clubs.

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