Rory McIlroy was far from his ball striking best throughout yesterday’s second round of the Players Championship at Sawgrass but he just about survived into the weekend’s after a round of 71 for an even par total of 144 that leaves him with an outside chance of challenging for the “fifth Major” over the weekend.
Asking what’s wrong with Rory McIlroy is a bit like that old joke about George Best, Miss World and the bed in £50 notes. When a player racks up six Top-10 finishes from nine stroke-play starts, there really shouldn’t be any reason to start pressing any alarm bells.
The 26-year-old was thousands of miles from his luxurious home in sunny Jupiter, Florida. He was being swept by fierce showers blown in off the Irish Sea. One of his partners was the local hero and tournament host who happened to be going through a horrendous time, failing to break 80.