CHARLOTTE, N.C. --- Luckily, there were no injuries. Well, unless you count the strained hamstring suffered by Rory McIlory's manager, Stuart Cage.
McIlroy, Martin Kaymer, Sergio Garcia, Nathan Green and Brendan de Jonge, though, came out of Monday evening's soccer match at E.E. Waddell High School unscathed. Just not unbeaten.
"(We) played a local team from here who were a lot better than us," McIlory explained with a grin.
The final score was 7-4. McIlroy and his cohorts trailed 4-1 at halftime but came back to even the score midway through the second half.
"Then they turned it on at the end and beat us," McIlroy said. "But it was great fun. Luckily no injuries, so we're ready to go for this week."
Kaymer was quick to point out that "I made the first goal, so I kept the team going." Of course, McIlroy joked that he didn't remember seeing Kaymer until halftime so there seems to be some discrepancy.
For the record, McIlroy, Garcia and Michael Doren, Camilo Villegas' caddy, joined Kaymer in scoring goals in the losing effort. And when asked whether there were any red cards issued, though, McIlroy quickly jumped in.
"No sort of reckless challenges going in, so it was okay," he said, smiling. – Helen Ross
The projected cut at the Viking Classic right now is even par, which isn’t good news for John Mallinger, among others. Right now, Mallinger, who shots 73-72 through the first two rounds to stand at even par, is projected to fall even further outside the top 125 on the money list (from No. 128 to 132).
Ditto Joe Ogilvie, who opened with a 68 but has struggled here in the second round at 5 over through 13 holes. Ogilvie started the week 123rd on the money list, but is currently projected to drop to No. 126.
Among those projected to make the biggest move in the other direction? Nathan Green, who is 3 under through 16 holes and if the tournament ended right now would climb 24 spots to No. 112. For the complete projected money list, click here .
Nathan Green, who finished with a 1-over 71 earlier today, had at least one bright spot: a hole-in-one on the fifth hole.
Green used an 8-iron from 159 yards and it’s the third ace in the brief history of the AT&T National. Kevin Stadler aced Congressional Country Club’s 13th hole in the third round in 2007 and Corey Pavin aced the 10th hole in the second round in 2008.