Fanling: Tiredness caught up with Rory McIlroy on Thursday and the world golf No. 1 could shoot only a three-over-par 73 on the opening day of the Hong Kong Open.
McIlroy, who this week became only the second player to win the money-list titles in both Europe and the United States, admitted that he was exhausted after a year in which he has won four titles, including the US PGA championship, and helped Europe to win the Ryder Cup.
Javier Colomo, who plays on the Asian Tour, took the lead with a six-under-par 64.
On the Indian front, Jyoti Randhawa opened strongly with a two-under 68 to be placed at tied 17th.
Shiv Kapur was tied 27th at one-under 69 which included a bogey on the par-4 17th. He had three birdies and four bogeys.
Randhawa parred his first eight holes and then found a birdie on the ninth. His lone bogey came on the 11th and he fired birdies on 13th and 17th.