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BMW Championship: Rory McIlroy’s driver results in disappointing spherical


Rory McIlroy couldn’t get issues going Friday on the BMW Championship.

He completed his spherical proper the place he began: at 5-under for the event. He carded an even-par 70 for his second spherical.

“Fairly mediocre,” McIlroy mentioned of his play on Friday. “General, I hit it a little bit higher off the tee. I had a few huge [misses] on 7 and 15. However I don’t really feel like I performed too totally different to how I performed yesterday. I simply acquired a bit extra out of my spherical yesterday.”

The day earlier than, McIlroy shot a 5-under 65, regardless of hitting simply three fairways. His miraculous ‘hit and hope’ birdie on the par-4 seventeenth was the spotlight of the day, which put him in a share of the lead after the primary spherical.

Quick ahead a day, and McIlroy now sits 5 again of Max Homa, who blistered Olympia Fields en path to taking pictures the course file.

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Rory McIlroy performs his second shot from left of the 18th fairway on Friday on the BMW Championship.
Picture by Michael Reaves/Getty Photos

On the par-4 seventh, one of many holes McIlroy alluded to, he pushed his tee-shot miles proper of the green. He was fortunate to flee with a par, because of an eight-foot putt he holed.

Later, on the par-5 fifteenth, McIlroy rifled his tee ball deep into the woods proper of the green, forcing a penalty drop. That led to his first—and to this point solely—bogey of the championship.

But, 34-year-old has not been penalized an excessive amount of for his inaccuracies because of the smooth situations at Olympia Fields.

The Chicago-area course has obtained over two inches of rain this week, and the gamers have taken full benefit.

“I definitely haven’t performed a golf course the place the greens have been this smooth in fairly some time,” McIlroy mentioned.

“However there are nonetheless some greens that you simply’d nearly reasonably—particularly to a few of these again pins—you’d reasonably be hitting out of the tough than out of the green as a result of it gained’t spin again on you. Hopefully, it corporations up over the weekend, and if it does, we’ll all need to hit a couple of extra fairways.”

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Rory McIlroy performs his second shot on the seventh gap throughout spherical two of the 2023 BMW Championship.
Picture by Michael Reaves/Getty Photos

On the few events McIlroy discovered the quick grass off the tee, he had the inexperienced mild to assault the flag stick.

As an example, on the tenth gap, McIlroy hammered his tee shot 334 yards over the bunker on the left nook of the green. It was arguably the very best drive he hit all week.

“That [second] shot into 10, that was 105 [yards], so I’ve like a 105-yard shot with my sand wedge, which is the bottom shot that I’ve,” McIlroy defined. “So if I went to a different wedge, say my 50-degree wedge, I don’t apply hitting my 50 [degree] 105 [yards], so I don’t actually know what swing to placed on it. That’s as straightforward as I can hit a sand wedge, and I attempted to take spin-off, and it nonetheless spun.”

McIlroy’s second shot at 10 landed as soon as and spun off the entrance of the inexperienced, thus eliminating any probability of creating a birdie.

That occurred a couple of occasions Friday.

However he would reasonably have that occur than discover the penalty space off the tee.

Nonetheless, the four-time main winner should discover extra fairways if he desires to trace down Homa. As a result of proper now, McIlroy ranks useless final in driving accuracy on the BMW Championship, which doesn’t occur usually.

Jack Milko is a golf employees author for SB Nation’s Enjoying By. You possibly can observe him on Twitter @jack_milko for extra golf protection. Be sure you take a look at @_PlayingThrough too.



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