IRISH OPEN SLIDESHOW: Thursday morning’s opening round at Royal County Down

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Golfers at the Irish Open at Royal County Down found it tough going in the opening round on Thursday morning, among them World number one and local hero, Rory McIlroy.

The Holywood man was five under at one stage as wind and rain plus a tough course set-up tested the best.

A dismayed Rory Mcilroy during the opening round of the  Irish Open at Royal Co Down

A dismayed Rory Mcilroy during the opening round of the Irish Open at Royal Co Down

England’s Danny Willeet set the early pace and was three-under through his front nine.