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“The sense I got was that it was nice and calm out there today _ the early rounds especially,” Sullivan said. “I’ll have to get some more details on how it was for Tiger’s group, but I didn’t get any emergency notices.”

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RORY’S ADVENTURE: Heading into the 38th Memorial Tournament, Rory McIlroy was in a good place.

“I feel like the golf course sets up well for me. You can stand up and be aggressive off the tee,” he said. “It’s a good golf course, a golf course that I really enjoy playing and one that I feel I can do well on.”

That was then, before he shot a 6-over 78 in Thursday’s opening round.

Among the many lowlights on his card was a four-putt, double-bogey 5 at the signature 13th hole. He hit his iron to the back left edge of the green and faced a 58-foot birdie putt that he left 12-feet short. Then he ran a 3-foot putt past the hole and hit the comebacker.

The world’s No. 2 player sounded after the round.

“The last four weeks have been the same,” he said. “I’ve missed a lot of short putts. It’s probably lack of confidence more than anything else. Those are the sort of putts that are important to keep the momentum of the round going. And they’re the putts that I’m not making.”

McIlroy had started out fast. He birdied the difficult 10th. But the double at 12 was followed by bogeys at 13, 16 and 18 and he turned in 40 before picking up three more bogeys against one birdie on the front side.

Just two weeks away from the U.S. Open, McIlroy is still searching for answers.

“I’m pretty frustrated. I’m trying not to let it get to me,” he said. “A few bad rounds of golf isn’t going to ruin anything. But I’d definitely like to start playing (well). I don’t really have any explanations for this.”

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FREDDIE AND BARACK: As captain of the U.S. side in the Presidents Cup, which will be played in October at Muirfield Village, Fred Couples was invited to the White House on Wednesday. Joining him in meeting with President Obama were International team captain Nick Price, Price’s wife and Couples’ girlfriend.

“We got to spend 20 minutes with (the President) in his busy schedule,” Couples said.

After a brief chat and a photo op, Couples even tapped a few putts on the White House putting green.

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