Rory McIlroy knows he’ll need to hole a few more putts over the weekend if he’s going to make a run at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open.

McIlroy bogeyed the last two holes Friday for a 1-over 73 that will leave him at least a half-dozen shots behind at Ballyliffin. He is at 1-under 143 in his final tune-up before the Open Championship.

“Two poor swings and two bogeys,” he said afterward.

Full-field scores from the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open

McIlroy’s final hole was particularly adventurous.

Torn between using 2-iron and 3-wood off the ninth tee, he tried to hit a 2-iron hard and flared it right, into the thick fescue. He chopped out right of the green, into more hay, and then pitched to 6 feet but missed the putt – a familiar refrain during another frustrating day on the greens.

“I feel like I hit the ball OK again today,” he said. “It’s definitely going in the right direction. Didn’t really hole anything again today. I’m just going to have to hit it a bit closer and hole a few over the weekend if I want to have a chance. …

“If you see a few drop, you can be a bit more confident in your reads. I’ll keep plugging away and giving myself opportunities and hopefully they start to fall on the weekend.”  

McIlroy bogeys last two holes, shoots 73 at Irish Open

Source: Internet


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