As he walked up the 18th green, his shoulders were slumped and his head down. Who could blame him? Rory McIlroy, who tied a record with a 63 in the first round, had been throttled by the Old Lady. He was about to post an 80. We all believed he would go low on Friday, but Mother Nature had other plans. Still, much respect to Rory for holding his head up and facing the press with class after he signed his scorecard — unlike some others.
I rushed to the interview area to see what he had to say. Most players would have stormed off the course and decline to speak with the media, but I knew Rory would talk to us because he’s Rory McIlroy.
What happened today?
“Two-putted for a good 80,” he tried to joke. “I don’t know, it was just very, very difficult out there. I think all the guys were finding it tough this afternoon, and I just let it get away from me a little bit. I actually did well to par the last three holes, if I’m totally honest. It could have been an 82 or an 83. I’m here for the weekend so it’s not all bad, but definitely a complete contrast to what it was yesterday.”
Like most other players, he also wasn’t happy with the suspension of play.
“Yeah, I don’t think they should have called us off the golf course. When we got back out there the conditions hadn’t changed, the wind probably got a little bit worse. It probably wasn’t a smart move.”
See what he just did? He just called the R&A stupid! I’m kidding. He said what he was thinking and what everyone else was thinking.
Like he said, he gets another shot at glory this weekend — albeit he might not be the one hoisting the Claret Jug, but he can move his way back up. Plus, he’ll have plenty more chances to win the Open at St. Andrews. Which, of course, he knows, too.
Well, the other good news is that he can still say in ten rounds at the Old Course, he’s never shot a score in the 70s.