As you can see in the photo above, Rory McIlroy clearly hasn’t had much practice in the art of club tossing (for expert throws, see here and here). It appears after he let it fly, he thought, ‘Oh, no, I didn’t mean that!’
The 23-year-old uncharacteristically let his frustration get the best of him on the 12th hole at Wentworth on his way to posting a two-over 74 in the first round of the European PGA Championship.
The low point of the round came on the par-5 12th when he hurled his club in despair following a poor provisional shot, which came after he had just sent his second out of bounds on his way to a bogey 6.
It’s pretty disappointing,” said McIlroy, whose No. 1 ranking is under threat from Luke Donald this week. “I feel like I’m playing well, I just need to go out there and shoot a score.”
He has only one top-10 finish in four tournaments.
McIlroy said his club-throwing outburst on the 12th, one of four par 5s on the course, was simply a release of frustration.
“You think about the par 5s and you should be taking advantage there,” he said. “Standing on the first tee, 3 or 4 under is the worst you should be shooting.”
The par 5s weren’t the problem — he eagled No. 4 and birdied No. 17. Putting was the shortcoming, especially around the turn where he dropped four shots in five holes, culminating in the error-ridden showing on No. 12.
“I struggled with the pace of the greens,” said McIlroy, who has had to adjust to the slowness of the putting surfaces coming from tournaments in the U.S.”
Blah, blah, blah. I think we all know what the priority is here: CAPTION CONTEST. Ready, set, go!
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