It did not take lengthy on Saturday for Rory McIlroy’s third spherical at The Northern Belief to go from good to completely horrible.
McIlroy, the defending FedEx Cup champion, triple-bogeyed not as soon as, however twice within the entrance 9 at TPC Boston on Saturday, transferring him from 1-under for the spherical to Four-over. Any shot McIlroy had at making a run for the highest of the leaderboard just about ended then and there.
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The difficulty started on the par-5 second gap 2: From the left tough, McIlroy tried to hit the inexperienced from 221 yards however as a substitute narrowly prevented the water hazard. However his third shot — which lay contained in the penalty space — bounced off a rock and again into the hazard.
McIlroy resumed play from the drop zone on the opposite aspect of the hazard — dropped at 110 yards — and proceeded to hit the middle of the inexperienced, lag putt to inside 5 ft of the opening and at last, mercifully, sink the putt for a triple bogey. Sadly for him, the difficulty did not finish there: 4 holes afterward the par-Four sixth, McIlroy suffered one other triple bogey to go Four-over by six holes.
Fortunately for him, he made the weekend minimize, so he’ll earn some FedEx Cup factors no matter his end. Plus, he is at the moment No. eight within the FedEx Cup standings, which means he’s assured a spot on the BMW Championship subsequent week within the second leg of the FedEx Cup playoffs.
If he desires any actual shot at defending his championship, nevertheless, he’ll must play higher than he did on the entrance 9 at The Northern Belief.