Irish Open: Rory McIlroy bemoans missed first-round putts

Tanya Simon
July 11, 2018

The three-time major victor recovered from a double bogey on the 13th, caused by a lost ball off the tee, with birdies on the 16th and 17th, only to also double-bogey the last in a back nine of 40.

"I hit the ball pretty well, a couple of loose shots here and there, and holed a couple of putts out there I guess".

Ryan Fox, Matthieu Pavon and Erik van Rooyen all have a share of the lead at -8 after day two of the Open, with the latter scoring a -7 on Friday to take his place among the leaders.

Rory McIlroy admits his game is stuck in neutral in his last competitive start before the British Open, but believes he would "win every week" if he can start firing on all cylinders. You sometimes get in a groove, when things just happen and you hit great shots and great putts.

"The bookies in Ireland would make sure they cut you to a low price knowing that sentimentally people would back you", Harrington said, after a four-under-par 68 left him just one shot off the lead held by New Zealand's Ryan Fox.

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"It wasn't different on the back nine".

Van Rooyen, who is seeking a first European Tour title, made the ideal start with birdies on the first and second before picking up further shots on the fourth, seventh, eighth and ninth.

"I'd love to be in the Open and Carnoustie is one of the best golf courses in the world", Fox said. "Looking back, all in all, I think it was a good day".

"It's been an eye-opener to see how much goes into running a golf tournament and it's been great for me, especially for the future", McIlroy added.

Sweden's Joakim Lagergren is a shot off the lead on seven under, with Willett joined on six under by compatriot Sam Horsfield and South African Zander Lombard.

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