Rory McIlroy is having a terrible start to his second round at The Masters today
Before a ball was hit yesterday there was a lot of talk about the Northern Irishman. People were wondering would he be able to cope with the pressure of being World number 1 going in to Augusta and could he finally shake off the collapse in 2011 to claim his first green jacket.
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He didn’t have a magnificent opening round yesterday but he was far from atrocious, finishing the day on one under par. It’s only when you compare that to leader Jordan Spieth’s 8 under par day that it seems like a bad day at the office for McIlroy.
Well if yesterday was underwhelming then today has been an utter disaster! The Northern Irishman went around the first 9 with a horrible four over par. His day thus far has consisted of three bogies and a double bogie, making it an awful opening nine.
The projected cut off is +2, a score in which Rory will have to wake up to reach. He’s having a poor day and it seems as the pressure has gotten to the 25 year old. Whether he will be able to turn it around is yet to be seen, but right now he’s on course to get knocked out.
It’s funny that all the talk pre tournament was about Rory pushing for the jacket and Tiger Woods failing to make the cut. Woods is enjoying a good day, currently on two under. If he were to make the cut and Rory to drop out the internet would no doubt explode.
Even if Rory were to pull of a major recovery and make the cut, it seems incredibly unlikely that he could hope to challenge Jordan Spieth for the jacket as the young American is so far ahead.
The Northern Irishman was the bookies favorite going in to the competition, something that’s not unusual for the world number one. There seems to be a lack of energy in McIlroy’s game and a lot of people are putting that down to the fact Jordan Spieth has set a near impossible lead to catch.
It certainly would be a major shock were Rory to get knocked out, but it just goes to show how intense and difficult this golf course is, even if you’re the best golfer in the world.
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