Irish Open 2021: Rory McIlroy Fails to Capitalize on Moving Day; Drops Down on Leaderboard

Published 07/03/2021, 10:11 AM EDT
Golf – The Masters – Augusta National Golf Club – Augusta, Georgia, U.S. – April 9, 2021 Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy reacts on the 16th green during the second round REUTERS/Mike Segar


Rory McIlroy had a dismaying round three. He finished his Saturday round with one over for the day and four under for the tournament. Rory never looked in sync today, as he missed quite a few putts and was driving the ball waywardly.

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The Irishman had a good second round as he remained bogey-free and scored 5 birdies. He finished Round 2 with a score of -5 for the day and tournament. It seemed like he finally got his rhythm and confidence back. But unfortunately, that wasn’t the case as McIlroy’s struggle on the course continued.

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Rory McIlroy shot 1-over in Round 3

McIlroy still hasn’t been able to decode the formula for the front nine. He started with two brilliant shots on the first hole. But, he also missed a 6ft birdie putt and opened his account with a par. But soon, on the par-3 third hole, his wayward tee shot cost him a bogey. He took a free drop in the rough and played a decent wedge shot to give himself a par putt of about 10ft. But once again, his struggle with the putter continued as he missed the putt and dropped a shot.

The consequence of this bogey was visible on the next hole, where he lost his ball in an unknown spot. Rory then took a provisional stroke, which was also right into the rough. He gave himself a 17ft bogey putt after a decent iron shot which the Irishmen sadly missed by two feet and scored a double bogey. But we know Rory for his comebacks, and that’s what he did in the following holes.

Golf – The Masters – Augusta National Golf Club – Augusta, Georgia, U.S. – April 9, 2021 Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy on the 17th hole during the second round REUTERS/Brian Snyder

He made a good comeback by scoring a birdie on the easy par-5, fifth hole. McIlroy bombed a 336-yard drive on the fairway and eventually got a birdie after holing out a 10ft putt. The next four holes on the front nine were quiet for Rory, as he got all these holes for par.

Rory McIlroy was two-over-par for the day in the front nine while -3 for the tournament. And it looked like it he would not make any more birdies. But he scored three birdies on 10, 11, and 13th holes on the back of some amazing iron and wedge play.

But once again, when it looked like he was getting back in his groove, the World No.10 messed it up with a double bogey on the 16th. Rory smashed his driver, and the ball went out of bounds, which forced him to take a provisional. This was his second provisional shot of the day, which forced him to drop two shots once again. But finally, his volatile round came to a halt with a couple of pars on the 17th and 18th and finished with -4 for the on the leaderboard through three rounds.

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How is the course playing?

The conditions were slightly damp, but it didn’t affect the scoring by any means. It became difficult if the ball went into the rough as the thickness plus the moisture made it a flyer lie. But apart from that, there weren’t many difficulties in the course. And the players have a significant chance to score birdies.

Now for the last round, Rory is nowhere near in contention to lift the trophy. So his primary aim for Sunday would be to get some good match practice and confidence before going to the Scottish Open next week.

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