Rory McIlroy fought back from the abyss at the Masters to keep his career Grand Slam hopes alive.
High winds made for difficult points at Augusta National as McIlroy birdied the second but then bogeyed the fifth and tenth and double bogeyed the 11th to slip to four over par. He was in danger of missing the cut for the second year in a row, but played his final seven holes two-under and carded a second straight 73 to be six shots from the lead.
“That was a couple of soft holes in 10 and 11, giving away shots and then playing the last seven in two under was really nice,” McIlroy said after chipping dead for birdie on the 13th before making a controlled approach at seven feet, the 170 yard hit 16.
“I hit the ball really well and felt like I let a few out there too. I’ve had a few chances but it’s just one of those days where even the 10ft is difficult because the wind is gusty and you think whether it’s going to affect the putts or not.
“It was one of those days where those conditions were for a little bit of doubt in your mind and then golf can get really difficult. I’m glad to be off course at this point, but I’m really enjoying the challenge.
“That’s what Major Championship Golf is about. It’s not easy and it shouldn’t be easy and I think the conditions are looking pretty similar tomorrow too so I’m looking forward to that.
“Someone might get down to four or five at the end of the day, but I still feel like I’m right there.
“You go out tomorrow and play decent front nine and suddenly you’re in the middle of the action so I’m in a decent position. I would like to be at least a few strokes better, but I’m still right there.”
https://www.independent.ie/sport/golf/us-masters/rory-mcilroy-still-right-there-after-finishing-strongly-to-stay-in-touch-at-masters-41535605.html Rory McIlroy is “still here” after a strong finish to keep in touch at the Masters