McIlroy and Harrington struggle at Wells Fargo Championship

Both Irishmen are over-par

Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, walks off after finishing the first round of the Cadillac Championship golf tournament, Thursday, March 3, 2016, in Doral, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Rory McIlroy and Padraig Harrington have both endured difficult opening rounds at the Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte.

World No 3 McIlroy fired three consecutive birdies on his back nine to scramble his way to a 1-over par 73 today after the world number three had made the turn on 4-over.

That leaves him outside the Top 50 in the leaderboard.

Harrington bogeyed the 18th to finish his round on 2-over par.

Shane Lowry will tee-off later this hour.

India's Anirban Lahiri holds a two-shot lead on 6-under par.