DUBLIN, Ohio: Overnight leader Rory McIlroy experienced a stunning free-fall to plunge nine strokes behind leader Paul Casey after the second round at the Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio yesterday.
After snaring the first-round lead with an opening 63 at Muirfield Village Golf Club, McIlroy notched three consecutive double bogeys en route to a six-over-par 78.
But he did not blame his dismal day on a sore left knee he tweaked during the first round, instead admitting that it was poor driving caused his high score.
“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 on a day when Englishman Casey surged three shots clear of the field.
“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.”
McIlroy was referring to the bad habit he has fallen into recently of shooting poor second rounds. In his past three PGA Tour events, he shot 77 (Masters), 76 (Wells Fargo Championship) and 74 (Players Championship) .
Meanwhile, World No. 1 Adam Scott is seven shots behind the leader as he finished the day with a gross of 139, along with several other golfers. He ended yesterday’s round with 68 after carding 71 in first round. REUTERS