Dublin - Overnight leader Rory McIlroy has experienced a stunning free-fall down
the leaderbaord after carding three consecutive double-bogeys in the
second round of the Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio on Friday.
snaring the first-round lead with an opening 63 at Muirfield Village
Golf Club, McIlroy looked like a different player as he struggled to a
But McIlroy did not blame his dismal day on a
sore left knee he tweaked during the first round, instead admitting that
it was poor driving that left him three strokes behind clubhouse leader
"I just kept missing fairways and making it
tough for myself and obviously that little three-hole stretch didn't
help," the Northern Irishman told reporters.
"Take those three
holes out and it wouldn't have been that bad a day but these little runs
I'm getting on it just seems to get away from me."
referring to the bad habit he has fallen into this year of shooting poor
second rounds. In his past three PGA Tour events, he shot 77 (Masters),
76 (Wells Fargo Championship) and 74 (Players Championship) on Friday.
arrived at Muirfield Village fresh off winning the European Tour's
flagship BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth on Sunday, just days after
breaking up with his tennis-playing fiancee Caroline Wozniacki.
double-bogey run on Friday started at his fourth hole, the par-four
13th, where his second shot from the rough hit a tree and ended up even
deeper in the woods.
At the par-four 14th, his approach shot from
the juicy rough hit the bank of the pond protecting the green and
bounced into the hazard.
Even more shockingly, he also dropped two
shots at the par-five 15th, where he hit the ball twice playing a
bunker shot, incurring a penalty stroke.
World number one Adam
Scott, who played with McIlroy, had a far steadier day, shooting 70 to
trail Olesen by one stroke with half the field back in the clubhouse.
Olesen mixed seven birdies with two bogeys to shoot 67 for six-under
138. His performance was a surprise, because he has missed the cut in
four of his past six events.
Many of the top players in the
stellar Memorial field are using the tournament as a final tune-up for
the June-12-15 U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2.