Sandwich (United Kingdom) (AFP)
Rory McIlroy lamented a “two-nines story” after his promising third round of the British Open at Royal St. George’s on Saturday ended in a frustrating way.
The Northern Irishman, who made the cup with just one stroke to lose after two rounds of 70s, jumped into the top 20 after landing five birdies in a stunning nine-of-31 front.
But that was another story on the way home, McIlroy coming home in 38 for a 69 that left him one below par – 10 shots behind night leader Louis Oosthuizen.
It’s been seven years since McIlroy won the last of his four major championships and a round that started so well went astray with missed shots on the 11th and 13th holes.
McIlroy then threw a long iron club into the turf after taking his tee shot on the par-five 14th in the rough.
Rather, he dealt better with the disappointment of seeing a 15th “horseshoe” putt around the edge of the hole and staying out.
As the crowd moaned and sighed, McIlroy responded to his unlucky moment with a wry smile.
While there were still a few loud cries of “Come on Rory” from onlookers, words of support muffled and even whispered from other fans in a large gallery of a sunny sandwich in Southeastern England. England were as much expressions of sympathy as of encouragement. .
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“Kind of a two-nines story,” McIlroy said after stepping off the 18th green.
“I played well on the first nine, I had some really good iron shots and I converted a few putts and I was really successful,” he added.
“Then the last nine played hard. They sort of tidied up the pins. They’ve stretched the golf course for as long as it can play.
“I was hitting the 2 iron in the 11th hole, that par-3, and it was sort of – I missed a short putt for the par and it kind of killed the momentum I had. “
Nonetheless, McIlroy, the 2014 British Open champion at Royal Liverpool, took courage in the way he started Saturday’s round.
“It’s just about trying to maintain that and trying to turn those nine-hole stretches into 18-hole stretches, and then those 18-hole stretches into full tournaments,” he said.
“It gets there. “
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