Masters 2014: Rory McIlroy shoots 77, narrowly makes cut
It was not the two-time major champion's day Friday.
You can say this for Rory McIlroy's round Friday: It wasn't boring. McIlroy played from all over the course, so it was actually quite scenic, as well.
McIlroy fired a second-round 77, leaving him just one stroke ahead of the cut. But a mere mention of his score doesn't quite do his round justice.
No stranger to the recesses of Augusta National, McIlroy found himself in a heap of trouble at a weird location time and again. First, at the par 3 4th, McIlroy blasted his tee shot over the green into a fence and some shrubbery and he elected to re-tee. He then hit into a bunker in front of the green but was able to salvage a sand save for double bogey.
He built on that flash of success with a birdie at No. 5 but leveled out with four straight pars to finish the first nine.
McIlroy found trouble again at No. 10, in an almost identical fashion to the fourth. He mashed an iron well over the green, and then his pitch back into play came up well short. He failed to get up and down from off the green and walked off with a second double bogey.
He promptly followed that with yet another bogey, and a disappointing par at the 13th after missing a makeable putt for birdie.
And then, as if his luck could get any worse, his approach on No. 13 hit a sprinkler head and ended up in the azaleas behind the green. He ended up making bogey after chipping from a bed of flowers.
Really, it was getting comical at this point.
But probably not so funny for McIlroy, who, at the time he walked to the 15th tee found himself just north of the cut line. He then spoiled yet another birdie chance. Likewise at No. 16, where he saw his birdie putt lip out.
And wouldn't you know it, No. 17 followed the same script: makeable birdie, missed. The drama was high (kind of) as McIlroy made his way to No. 18 needing a par to play on the weekend.
He made things interesting, so as to not veer too much from the rest of the round. McIlroy's second shot very nearly found a green-side bunker, and instead settled atop a ridge in the green making his birdie putt near-impossible. He indeed missed, but made a knee-knocker coming back for par.
So Rory will be around on the weekend, but it's not expected, especially given the way his round went Friday, that he's going to make anyone near the top of the leaderboard nervous.
But at least this brave soul lives to pray another day.
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