McIlroy furious with performance

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Published: Saturday 28th February 2015 by The News Editor

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World number one Rory McIlroy spelled out his frustration after another bad day at the Honda Classic left him on the verge of an early exit.

McIlroy carded 74, with five bogeys and just one birdie, on a rain-sodden day at PGA National and his seven over par score overall leaves him three shots outside the projected cut line, which will not be known until Saturday after bad weather forced an early end to the second round.

It was not the way the Northern Irishman wanted his first start of this season’s PGA Tour to go, and he is set to sit out the weekend for the first time since last June’s Irish Open.

“I’m p****d off,” McIlroy said in quotes on the PGA Tour website. “I don’t like missing cuts. You want to be playing on the weekend and I’m not there.”

McIlroy lies 13 shots behind clubhouse leader Patrick Reed, the American Ryder Cup star carding a second consecutive 67 to lie six under, while Brendan Steele is currently two shots better off, having birdied his first four holes before the inclement weather intervened.

American compatriot Jim Herman is on five under after completing just three holes, with England’s Luke Donald one shot back after matching Reed’s 67 and Scotland’s Russell Knox another shot back following a 68.

McIlroy came into the event on the back of winning the Dubai Desert Classic three weeks ago but had to birdie his last two holes on Thursday to shoot a 73 and was soon going in the wrong direction on Friday.

Starting on the back nine, the four-time major winner bogeyed his opening hole after a wild drive and then recorded seven straight pars before another bogey on the par-five 18th.

The 25-year-old briefly raised hopes of a fightback when he birdied the par-three fifth, only to bogey three of the last four holes to seemingly seal his fate.

“I guess after coming off a three‑week break, and then felt a little I wouldn’t say rusty, but just not quite on top of my game (Thursday),” McIlroy said.

“Then (Thursday), I felt like I was trying to get something going and couldn’t. Coming off three weeks off and playing in conditions like these, it sort of shows you where your game’s at.”

McIlroy won this event in 2012 to become world number one for the first time, but walked off the course during the defence of his title the following year, initially telling reporters he was in ”a bad place mentally” and then issuing a statement citing severe toothache as the reason for withdrawing.

The 25-year-old had played his first eight holes in seven over par but later admitted that was ”no excuse” for quitting as he struggled to get to grips with his new equipment following his multi-million dollar deal with Nike.

Last year McIlroy looked on course to make amends in style when he opened with rounds of 63 and 66, only to card a closing 74 and eventually lose out in a play-off to Russell Henley.

Reed recovered from a double bogey on the 11th, his second hole of the day, to record five birdies, while former world number one Donald had five birdies and two bogeys in his 67.

Published: Saturday 28th February 2015 by The News Editor

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