sport news Rory McIlroy back in the old routine at the Wells Fargo Championship

One of the most admirable features of Rory McIlroy’s career to date has been his ability to bounce back from adversity.

That quality served him well once more with an impressive first-round 68 at the Wells Fargo Championship in North Carolina on Thursday.

Playing for the first time since his final-round meltdown at the Masters last month, the Northern Irishman showed few ill effects as he registered a three-under-par round that certainly fell within the upper register of his expectations.

Rory McIlroy carded an impressive first-round 68 at the Wells Fargo Championship

Rory McIlroy carded an impressive first-round 68 at the Wells Fargo Championship

Fearing a little rust early on after a three-week break, McIlroy began instead with a morale-boosting birdie as he compiled a score that left him just a shot off the early lead held by Englishman Tyrrell Hatton and American journeyman Peter Malnati.

The next goal in Hatton’s meteoric rise is surely to win a tournament in America — where the world’s 20th-ranked player has been based for the past three months — and the 27-year- old made a good start in this event, finishing with two successive birdies,

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