Rory McIlroy struggles in first round at U.S. Open

OAKMONT, Pa. — On Monday Rory McIlroy liked his swing.

Once the first round started on Thursday he couldn’t find it.

The world No. 3 finished with three consecutive bogeys Friday morning at soggy Oakmont Country Club and signed for a 7-over-par 77 that placed at the bottom page of the leaderboard. He is currently 11 shots out of the lead.

“I’ve been struggling with my swing, even the practice rounds a little bit. I know what I’m doing, but it’s hard to change it out there,” McIlroy said. “ … I might come out here later this afternoon and work on it a little bit and see if I can just hit it a little bit better. I don’t need to swing perfect, but I just need to be able to play one shot and know that I know where it’s going to start and I know where it’s going to finish and just try to go from there.”

The four-time major champion, who won this championship in 2011, made just one birdie and eight bogeys in his round that stretched over two days because of unrelenting storms that caused delays on Thursday. McIlroy’s…

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