U.S. Open Day 1 - McIlroy sweetly sings a "simple 65"

In the opening round of the 2011 U.S. Open, Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy put some kind words from Jack Nicklaus into his head and pulled out the day's best performance with a stunningly "simple 65."

McIlroy made it all look simple because he played Congressional smart and with almost perfect accuracy (hitting 17 of 18 greens in regulation) while his playing partners, Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson, had to go at it in full scramble mode.

Rory's ride through day one played out along the path Jack "18 Majors" Nicklaus pointed out to McIlroy two weeks ago at his Memorial tournament.

"He said people lost a lot more majors and gave them to him than he actually won. That's how he felt. It was a good piece of advice to have."

Of course, it helps to be putting for birdie on just about every green as well.

The 22-year-old said how it's "nice when all parts of your game are on song and you can put together a low round. It was a simple 65."

But McIlroy wants to be singing sweetly on Sundays as well as he has on Thursdays.
He was on top of the first round leaderboards in the most recent Masters and British Open only to hit sour notes in later rounds.

This major may be when his hits his highest note.

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