HONG KONG (AP) — Defending champion Rory McIlroy finished nine shots behind leader Javier Colomo after the first round of the Hong Kong Open on Thursday.
McIlroy admitted feeling lethargic after shooting a 3-over 73.
Colomo, ranked 506th, recorded a career-best 64 in overcast and windy conditions on the suburban Fanling course.
That earned him a one-stroke lead over fellow Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez and Australia's Andrew Dodt.
The 48-year-old Jimenez would break his own record as oldest Hong Kong champion from 2008, and oldest ever winner on the European Tour if he were to capture the title a third time this weekend.