Rory McIlroy Makes Leaderboard Surge With Eagle Fest; Hopeful of a Medal Finish at Tokyo Olympics 2020

Published 07/30/2021, 5:30 AM EDT
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Golf – Men’s Individual – Final – Round 1 – Kasumigaseki Country Club – Kawagoe, Saitama, Japan – July 29, 2021. Rory McIlroy of Ireland in action. REUTERS/Toby Melville


Rory McIlroy made a scintillating comeback in the men’s golf competition at Tokyo Olympics 2020 after a disappointing opening round. He scored five birdies, two bogeys, and an eagle to finish five under 66. And this fantastic second round has got him up on the leaderboard to seventh place. Furthermore, Rory has given himself a much-needed boost going into the weekend. 

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McIlroy had a disappointing round 1. He remained two under par for the day and was way behind the leader. Rory struggled on and around the greens on Thursday as he missed quite a few pin locations with his short iron and wedges. But he made an emphatic comeback, and fans around the world saw glimpses of vintage Rory McIlroy in round two. 

McIlroy makes a dazzling comeback on day 2 at the Tokyo Olympics 2020

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Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Golf – Men’s Individual – Final – Round 1 – Kasumigaseki Country Club – Kawagoe, Saitama, Japan – July 29, 2021. Rory McIlroy of Ireland in action. REUTERS/Toby Melville

Rory McIlroy had a phenomenal front nine, even though he started his day two slowly with five consecutive pars. But the confidence was visible today from hole one, and he gained extra momentum from the sixth hole. McIlroy scored back-to-back birdies and an eagle on holes 6, 7, and 8 and remained bogey-free on the front nine. 

However, he dropped a couple of shots in the back nine with two bogeys on the 11th and 18th. McIlroy tried to compensate them with three birdies on 12, 14, and 17. Rory played the par-5s well in round two, which was the primary difference between his performance on days 1 and 2. He is currently tied at 7th place and is in contention going into the weekend. 

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“I played the par fives better,” says Rory McIlroy

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Golf – Men’s Individual – Final – Round 1 – Kasumigaseki Country Club – Kawagoe, Saitama, Japan – July 29, 2021. Rory McIlroy of Ireland runs during competition. REUTERS/Toby Melville

In the post-round interview, McIlroy explained his second-round performance and said: “I played sort of similar, I played the par fives better, played the par fives at three-under, played them at even par yesterday, and that’s the difference between 2 under and 5 under.”

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“But I played nicely, it’s sort of golf course that, you know, you don’t have to feel like you have to do anything spectacular to shoot a good score, but you don’t have to do anything bad to make some bogeys as well. Even that it’s just the lie I had on 18th for not being able to go for that green in two. But yeah, it was a good one today, and obviously, I am in a nice position into the weekend.”   

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Amey Kulkarni

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Amey Kulkarni is a Golf writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in mass media. Before joining EssentiallySports he used to write articles on Golf and Cricket on his personal blog cricgolf.

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