McIlroy Posts 5-Putt Double & Two 3-Putt Bogeys In Horror 38 Putts Monterey Display

Monterrey Peninsula CC, California …

Rory McIlroy produced a horror New Year first in posting a ‘five-putt’ double-bogey and then two late three-putt bogeys on day two of the AT & T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

McIlroy was well-placed in coming to the short 349-yard par-5 fifth he was playing as his 14th hole on the Monterrey Peninsula Country Club course and the easiest of the three hosting the $ 7.4m event.

The four-time Major winner used his putter from just off the green and while credited with four putts on the green, it was five putts with his putter in an unwanted first double of the New Year.

But then to compound his putting woes, McIlroy three-putted his 16th and 17th holes before signing for a three-0ver par 74 to drop back to one-under par.

McIlroy’s round included a total of 38 putts and now heads to  a Saturday third round at Pebble Beach and where he had missed the cut in the 2010 U.S. Open.

In contrast, playing partner Phil Mickelson handed McIlroy a lesson in how to play the ‘easier’ of the three courses, posting a round of 65 for the early clubhouse lead on five under par tally

And while McIlroy is contesting a first Pebble Beach Pro-Am, Mickelson teed-up in his 22nd appearance having won the event in 1998, 2005, 2007 and 2012 while now clearly eyeing a fifth success.

“It was a fun day and I just love Monterrey Peninsula where the fairways are wide and they feel pretty easy to hit,” said Mickelson.

“So, in hitting a lot of fairways I was able to make a lot of birdies.

“It’s fun to be in the mix and fun to be now playing my last two rounds at Pebble Beach.”

McIlroy, and as he had done a day earlier, birdied his opening hole and where the scoring average is 69.55 compared to Spyglass Hill at 71.23 and Pebble Beach 71.30.

But McIlroy did not need to know that with bogeys at his third and sixth holes before getting back to level with a birdie at his seventh.

McIlroy and new caddy, Harry Diamond then broke out in smiles holing his 48th birdie of 2018 with the shot of his round and spinning his approach shot at his 10th to just three feet

But McIlroy was then sat on his backside in doubling the his 14th before ending par, bogey, bogey and par.


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