Rory McIlroy: Had a bad day at the office
Rory McIlroy endured a disappointing return to action after failing to impress during the first round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.Competing alongside new Nike stablemate Tiger Woods, the 23-year-old recorded two double-bogeys and dropped a further shot as he carded a three-over 75.But it was hardly the dream pairing that had been hoped for, with McIlroy struggling throughout.He sprayed a tee shot way over the short 15th - his sixth hole - and then drove out of bounds on the 439-yard third to record his doubles, while he pulled a fairway wood on the 18th so wide it finished behind one of the greenside hospitality units.The world No 1 did pick up two shots to lessen the impact but that would have done little to lift McIlroy's mood.Afterwards he admitted he lacked sharpness, telling Sky Sports: "I feel like I was just a little bit rusty."I didn't drive the ball particularly well which you need to around here because the rough is very thick and I didn't hole any putts. I didn't drive it well and I didn't putt well so I'll have to work on that this afternoon."Work to doHowever, he refused to blame his form on his recent switch of equipment, adding: "For the most part I was very happy with everything (equipment), I just have to work on a couple of things."Woods fared slightly better after signing for a level-par 72, however, he too had plenty of moments to forget.The world No 2 - who saw McIlroy unveiled as his Nike colleague on Monday in a multi-million deal - saw four birdies cancelled out by four dropped shots.He also hit a shocking drive off the first tee which failed to reach the fairway, while on the second hole he dragged his third shot into rough and failed to get up and down.But while the world's top two were struggling, Welshman Jamie Donaldson was showing how the course should be played.Donaldson was the early clubhouse leader on five-under after six birdies and just the one dropped shot to blot his copybook.