Rory McIlroy began his 2015 European Tour campaign Thursday in the Abu Dhabi Championship, where he fired a 5-under 67 in the first round that left him just three shots behind leader Martin Kaymer.
A little rust would be understandable for McIlroy, who hasn't played competitively since November.
His tee shot on the third hole (his 12th of the day) wound up in a horrible spot -- in the rough just above the lip of a bunker.
That made for an awkward stance for McIlroy's approach with one foot in the bunker and one foot out.
But, just like you'd expect from the world's No. 1 player and winner of the last two major championships played, McIlroy expertly pulled off the approach:
Yep, just a ho-hum birdie for McIlroy.
How good was that?