Published Thursday, 17 October 2013
Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland plays his shot from the twelfth tee. (© Getty)
The world number six from Northern Ireland was in a seven-way tie for 12th place, three shots behind early leader Jang Ik-jae.
McIlroy's round included a bogey at the third and double bogey at the 13th - where he hit his tee shot into the water, before racking up three shots on the last five holes.
"I just wasn't very comfortable with the tee shot. I took a long time to get settled over it and then just didn't make a very good swing," McIlroy told oneasia.asia.
"It was tough, some of the pin positions out there today were brutal, just cut on slopes and very hard to get close to them and when you did get close to them you left yourself very tricky putts.
"I felt I was a little rusty after the four weeks off, but I battled back nicely and to end up under par for the day wasn't too bad."
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