(Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images) An injury-plagued campaign means Mc Ilroy has played just three regular European Tour events to date, with players required to play a minimum of five to retain membership and be eligible for the Ryder Cup.
And that meant the four-time major winner had little option but to accept an invitation from tournament host Lee Westwood to add the £3million tournament at Close House to his schedule.
Paul Broadhurst's opening 66 set the pace at five-under par.
Another 45 minute interruption came in the middle of the morning before a threat of lightning brought the players off the course from 1.11pm to 4.30 local time.
The tournament format is a modified stableford system where a double eagle gets eight points, an eagle is worth five points,and a birdie two points.
Kelly meet Halle after one of his concerts back in February - which she attended with her mother.
The aspiring model posted a number of shots from backstage at the singer's concert.