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SportRory McIlroy still in Wells Fargo Championship mix despite disastrous Friday finish

23:30  03 may  2019
23:30  03 may  2019 Source:   golfdigest.com

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Rory McIlroy will be attempting to make a weekend charge, rather than fend them off, after a Friday stumble in Charlotte. Through 34 holes, Rory McIlroy was a lock to be in the weekend mix at the Wells Fargo Championship . In truth, a sentiment was true the moment he set foot on the property

RORY McILROY renewed his love affair with Quail Hollow as he made a fine return to action after his Rory McIlroy is back with a bang after his disastrous Masters outingCredit: Getty Images. The Wells Fargo Championship is braced for more magic from the Northern IrishmanCredit: Getty Images.

Rory McIlroy still in Wells Fargo Championship mix despite disastrous Friday finish© Sam Greenwood (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Through 34 holes, Rory McIlroy was a lock to be in the weekend mix at the Wells Fargo Championship. In truth, a sentiment was true the moment he set foot on the property, as the Ulsterman boasts two wins and six top 10s in eight tournament appearances.

But while McIlroy's name will factor into the Charlotte proceedings come Saturday and Sunday, the 30-year-old will be attempting to make a charge rather than fending one off thanks to a disastrous double bogey-bogey finish on Friday.

"Obviously disappointing," McIlroy said after Round 2. "Played some really good stuff today. I probably played better today than I did yesterday in terms of how I hit it off the tee ball-striking wise.

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Rory McIlroy 's Round 1 highlights from Wells Fargo . CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Rory McIlroy is playing the most consistent golf of his career. It’s a dangerous combination, and he proved that Thursday. McIlroy made five back-nine birdies to shoot 66 and share the Wells Fargo Championship ’s

Rory McIlroy finished in a share of 16th place at the Wells Fargo Championship in the US after firing a closing level-par 71. After starting the day seven behind leader Jason Day, McIlroy was unable to mount a final-day charge as he mixed three birdies with as many bogeys.

"It's a funny game. I stood up here last night talking about that I got the most out of it yesterday and today it was the complete opposite."

McIlroy entered Friday as a co-leader following a first-round 66, a standing that appeared safe in his early-morning march through Quail Hollow. Starting his day on the inward nine, McIlroy made the turn in two-under 34 despite bogeying the 344-yard 14th, statistically the easiest par 4 on the course. Birdies at the third and seventh strengthened his position.

Until he reached the short par-4 eighth. The hole is relatively innocent: as of writing, it's only one of two holes on the front where the field is averaging red, with 53 birdies versus 34 bogeys-or-worse. Avoid the traps to the left of the fairway and players are golden.

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In the second round of the 2019 Wells Fargo Championship , Rory McIlroy recorded five birdies and finds himself in the top five heading into the weekend.

Rory McIlroy "cancelled out" his second-round 76 in the Wells Fargo Championship with a The Northern Irishman experienced a 29th birthday to forget on Friday as he tumbled down the Despite still having a chance of victory this week, McIlroy is already looking ahead to next week's Players

Unfortunately for McIlroy, he was unable to do so, his drive finding the beach some 300 yards off the tee. His approach was well short of the green, and—attempting to get everything back on one shot—the four-time major winner was aggressive with his third, the ball traveling off the back of the green. McIlroy did not get up-and-down for bogey, bestowing a double-bogey 6.

"I think the one thing especially this week that's become so tough is the greens are so firm," McIlroy said. "The greens are really, really firm. I guess it's hard because for how firm they are, they're not overly fast. So if you start missing greens, it can make it a little bit tricky in terms of you've got to judge that first bounce as it's going to bounce, but then once it starts to roll, it's not really going to get away from you. So I find it a little tricky to judge some of the chip shots around the greens."

Things did not improve at the ninth, airmailing the green after a 330-yard drive. Another failed up-and-down translated to a bogey, giving McIlroy a disappointing one-under 70.

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Rory McIlroy won for the second time in three weeks and shattered the tournament record when he clinched a seven-stroke victory at the Wells Fargo • McIlroy finishes at 21 under par, five strokes beneath previous record • Webb Simpson and Patrick Rodgers tied for second, seven strokes behind.

Rory McIlroy made a strong start to his bid for a third Wells Fargo Championship title after getting within three strokes of the early lead at Quail Hollow. McIlroy , making his first appearance since the Masters, mixed five birdies with two bogeys on his way to an opening-round 68 in North Carolina.

"You know, I turned a 66 into a 70," McIlroy said. "Golf, it's a funny game, and these things happen."

McIlroy will likely begin Saturday five shots behind Jason Dufner, whose 11-under score was fueled by a lights-out 63 on Friday. Given McIlroy's prosperity at this event, it's a position that will likely make Dufner and others on the leader board uncomfortable. And save for the short-game stumbles (currently 110th in strokes gained/around-the-green), McIlroy's driving and second-shot dexterity are in line with his season-long success. As long as his putter behaves—McIlroy posted a -1.027 figure with the flat stick after a 2.033 performance on Thursday—Rory will have a viable chance for his third Wells Fargo victory.

"Still right there going into the weekend," McIlroy said. "Just need to try and shake off that bad finish today and get off to a good start tomorrow."

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