VIDEO: Rory McIlroy gets demoralizing result off tee, chips in for birdie anyway

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VIDEO: Rory McIlroy gets demoralizing result off tee, chips in for birdie anyway

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VIDEO: Rory McIlroy gets demoralizing result off tee, chips in for birdie anyway

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Rory McIlroy is right in contention in the 2017 Masters, but nobody said it would be easy.

The Northern Irishman birdied Augusta National’s par-4 fifth to move to even par and hit a great tee shot at the par-3 sixth right and just beyond the hole.

Except the ball pitched and spun back down a slope that took him from a roughly 15-foot putt to entirely off the green nearly 20 yards away.

How’d he respond? He only holed the ensuing chip for a huge birdie.

That stunning strike moved McIlroy to 1 under. He’s now 1 over through 14 holes, but he’s still only five back.

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