By Fred Albers, PGATOUR.COM Correspondent
Rory McIlroy missed the cut after a second-round 79 at
Tiger Woods had a bad half hour.
He had a four-foot birdie putt on the 11th hole to take sole
possession of the lead and missed. Woods then made double bogey at
the 12th. In thirty minutes he went from a chance to take the lead
to outside the top 20. Woods was in danger of losing the round but
made an eight-foot par putt on the 13th hole that changed his
demeanor. He then birdied two of his last four holes to finish at 5
under. Throughout the round, Woods did a very good job of
controlling the trajectory of his golf shots on a windy day.
Rory McIlroy is in need of a new
sleeve of golf balls. He put five balls into the water on the back
nine at Muirfield Village in the first and second rounds. McIlroy
had three water balls on Thursday then another two on Friday. To
his credit, McIlroy rallied to shoot 71 on Thursday but could not
recover on Friday as he posted a 79 and missed the cut by three.
The streams at Muirfield Village tumble
down into gentle waterfalls throughout the golf course creating a
“babbling brook” effect and a very pastoral setting.
That wasn’t the case on Friday. Following a downpour, those
little streams and waterfalls looked and sounded like Niagara
Falls. The golf course took on a tremendous amount of water in a
short period of time but remained playable. The greens retained
their speed although the fairways were soft. Golf balls that were
running out into the rough on Thursday, hit and barely left their
own divot following the rain delay.
The last three holes on the golf
course took their toll. Players staggered to a finish with the
par-3 16th hole playing to a stroke average of 3.257. The 17th hole
was slightly less dangerous at 4.227. They were the second and
third most difficult holes on the course. The 18th, with a back
left hole location, played the sixth hardest on Friday but was
still scoring a difficult 4.164. That’s a tough threesome to
finish off a round. The tenth hole was the most difficult giving up
just eight birdies and playing to an average score of 4.328.
Fred Albers is a course reporter for SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio
and inside the ropes this week at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at
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