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CNBC's Adam Reed reports from Northern Ireland.

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McIlroy Struggles to 8-over 79 at The Open

PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland – Rory McIlroy’s return to Royal Portrush couldn’t have gotten off to a worse start.

McIlroy hit his opening tee shot out-of-bounds and made an 8 on the first hole. That matched the highest single-hole score of his PGA TOUR career. It was just the fourth quad he’s made in more than 10,000 holes played on the PGA TOUR (he’s never made worse than a quadruple-bogey, either), and his second in a major.

It couldn’t have come at a worse time. Anticipation has been high for The Open’s return to Northern Ireland after an absence that lasted nearly seven decades. And anticipation was high for McIlroy, who not only set the course record when he was 16 but was enjoying one of the best seasons of his career.

McIlroy shot 61 at Royal Portrush when he was 16. On Thursday, he took his 61st stroke on the 15th hole.

He also triple-bogeyed the final hole and signed for a 79. McIlroy had finished in the top 5 in his last four Open Championships, including a victory in 2014.

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Tough Day for Tiger in Round 1 at The Open

PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland – When Tiger Woods made his lone birdie of the day with a lengthy putt at the par-4 15th, he raised both arms in mock celebration. It was that kind of day, one with plenty of frustration and very little to smile about at Royal Portrush.

Woods, the reigning Masters champ making his first start in a month, opened with a 7-over 78 -- his highest opening round in 21 starts in The Open Championship.

Playing in heavy rains at times and increasingly chilly weather, Woods struggled to convert putts and stay out of trouble. At one stretch in the middle of his round, he bogeyed five of six holes.

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Before every round Justin Rose plays on the PGA TOUR, he goes through an extensive warm up routine, and we have an all-access look at how he prepares for competition.

Inaugural PGA HOPE National Golf & Wellness Week to be held at Congressional Country Club this October

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (July 16, 2019) — PGA REACH, the 501(c)(3) charitable foundation of the PGA of America, has announced that the inaugural PGA HOPE National Golf & Wellness Week will take place from October 25-28, 2019, at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland.

PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere) is a national program that introduces golf to military Veterans with disabilities to enhance their physical, mental, social and emotional well-being. PGA HOPE helps veterans assimilate back into their communities through the social interaction the game provides.

Through a partnership between PGA REACH and Congressional Country Club, a group of Veterans who have graduated from their local PGA HOPE program will participate in the four-day program, which provides advanced golf instruction and wellness training. Each participating Veteran will receive a specially designed golf and wellness tool kit that includes golf training tips, exercises and other recommendations for healthy living.

“Golf is proven to be an effective part of the therapeutic rehabilitation process for many Veterans, and it’s inspiring to see PGA HOPE making a difference in their lives,” said PGA President Suzy Whaley. “PGA HOPE National Golf & Wellness Week and PGA National Day of HOPE serve as a centerpiece of growth, as we remain committed to elevating the program nationwide.”

Congressional Country Club’s PGA Director of Athletics, Jason Epstein, and his PGA Member staff will provide the instruction for PGA HOPE National Golf & Wellness Week. The wellness and healthy living training will be conducted by leaders in Veteran healthcare from Cohen Veterans Network (CVN) in Stamford, Connecticut. The overall curriculum will cover topics including nutrition, stress management, mental health and life skills. Group dinners will provide the Veterans an opportunity to engage with well-known golf figures, as well as national political and business leaders, and will encourage the participants to share stories of how golf has impacted their lives on and off the course.

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Hannah Green Goes Wire-to-Wire for First Win at KPMG Women's PGA Championship

Just two weeks after the first great female golfer from Australia went into the World Golf Hall of Fame, Hannah Green was followed in her final round by the greatest female Aussie golfer ever as she joined those two legends from Down Under as major winners, taking the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship on Sunday at Hazeltine National.

Green’s name now stands along side Jan Stephenson, the three-time major winner inducted June 10 into the WGHOF, and Karrie Webb, another WGHOF member who has seven major titles and who followed Green as she shot a gritty 72 in the final round. It was a satisfying sight for Webb who has mentored Green.

Green’s nine-under-par 279 was one stroke better than defending champion Sung Hyun Park. Fittingly, Green won it with an up-and-down out of the left greenside bunker on the final hole, making a 5-footer for par with the club that saved her time after time this week.

Park, playing in the group up ahead, made an 18-foot birdie putt on No. 18 while Green watched from the fairway. She tugged her hybrid into the left bunker from 182 yards but hit a solid sand shot and then made the putt, the tears of joy that followed belying the calm with which she delivered the winning stroke.

“I'm pretty much speechless,” Green said, tears interrupting her sentences.. “I was really nervous the last five holes and just really -- I made a clutch putt and that was kind of got me through another one. To make the one on the last is really is surreal.”

Mel Reid closed with a 65 to finish at six-under-par 282 along with Nelly Korda in a tie for third. Lizette Salas and Danielle Kang were at 283. Mirim Lee was at 284 with Inbee Park and Hyo Joo Kim. So Yeon Ryu, Lydia Ko, Megan Khang and Ariya Jutanugarn, who started the final round one stroke behind Green but closed with a 77, were at 285.

The PGA TOUR starts its new Midwest swing at the 2019 Rocket Mortgage Classic at Detroit Golf Club. The tournament kicks off a three-week span in the Midwest of the United States, including the inaugural 3M Open in Minneapolis and the 49th playing of the John Deere Classic in Illinois.

The inaugural Rocket Mortgage Classic will be contested at Detroit Golf Club. New U.S. Open champion Gary Woodland makes his return to competition hoping to climb into the world's top ten for the first time in his career. Dustin Johnson and Rickie Fowler are also in the field as they look to find some form ahead of The Open Championship next month.