Rory McIlroy admits to 'let-down' after slipping nine off pace in Hong Kong
Rory McIlroy says he felt 'lethargic' during his opening round in Hong Kong where he trails the leader by nine strokes.
Last Updated: 16/11/12 9:14am
The Ulsterman posted just a single bogey at Fanling where, in overcast and windy conditions, he ended the day outside the top 90.
The 23-year-old admits that he may have been lacking a little motivation after securing top spot in this season's Race to Dubai standings thanks to a top-three finish in Singapore last week.
He said: "I suppose after last week, and winning the Race to Dubai title, it was always going to be a bit of a let-down.
"I feel as though I am playing well enough but I just need to get my head and the golf to match up and I'll be OK.
"I just lacked a bit of energy out there, I felt a bit lethargic and mentally more than physically - if I am being honest.
"I bogeyed the first but then just got more frustrated as the round went on.
"I felt like I was hitting some decent shots and just not really converting any chances for birdies and I just let it go a little bit."
The early leader is world No 506 Spaniard Javier Colomo whose 64 required just 29 strokes for his second nine holes.
Tied-for-second is Colomo's 48-year-old compatriot Miguel Angel Jimenez who is a single shot adrift - and level with Aussie Andrew Dodt.
Jimenez, a two-time winner in Hong Kong, smirked: "I am like a good bottle of rioja because I just get better and better with age.
"I'm putting very well and it's a pity I missed a fairway on the ninth and then on the last got a big flyer.
"It's an old-fashioned course - not very long but you need to be very precise."