Rory McIlroy opens in 67, among pack chasing Xander Schauffele at Wells Fargo Championship

Rory McIlroy made an impressive start at the Wells Fargo Championship, shooting a 4-under 67 in the opening round, positioning himself three shots behind the leader, Xander Schauffele. McIlroy's strong performance indicates his potential to contend for a record fourth Wells Fargo Championship title.

McIlroy has a special connection with Quail Hollow, having achieved significant victories there in the past. Notably, he won his first PGA TOUR title at the course in 2010, followed by a seven-shot victory in 2015 and another title in 2021. His fondness for the venue and the support from the Charlotte fans contribute to his confidence and performance on the course.

Despite encountering some challenges, such as a bogey on the par-5 15th, McIlroy's overall performance was solid, demonstrating his ability to navigate the course effectively. Additionally, other notable players like Collin Morikawa and Justin Thomas also had strong rounds, indicating stiff competition in the tournament.

However, the absence of Hideki Matsuyama due to a back injury serves as a reminder of the physical toll professional golf can take on players. Overall, McIlroy's impressive start sets the stage for an exciting tournament with the potential for more memorable moments at Quail Hollow.