June 2 2013
Rory McIlroy hit just 34 of 56 fairways at the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance.
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
DUBLIN, Ohio -- Rory McIlroy will kill two birds with one stone, figuratively, at least, this week.
He heads to Rochester, N.Y., tomorrow to participate in the PGA Championship media day at Oak Hill. Then McIlroy goes to Merion for a few days of practice in advance of the U.S. Open that begins a week from Thursday.
And with any luck, McIlroy will be able to put the way he played at the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance in his rear-view mirror.
That 78 the Northern Irishman shot in the first round at Muirfield Village was the fifth-highest score of his PGA TOUR career. He rebounded well with a 69 to make the cut but got stuck in neutral again over the weekend with rounds of 75-72.
In the course of 72 holes at Muirfield Village, McIlroy only hit 34 or 56 fairways, which left him 67th among the 73 players who survived to play the weekend. He was tied for 33rd in greens in regulation, missing at least six a day, and had a total of 121 putts which put him 70th in strokes-gained putting.
Even so, McIlroy wasn't too disappointed as he contemplated the busy week ahead.
"I found a couple of little things this weekend," he said. "I hit the ball much better today. I actually putted a little better, too. ... A little bit of work next week. ... Yeah, it's not that far away."
McIlroy felt an adjustment he made on the greens will help as he prepares for the season's second major.
"I felt everything I was reading, I was reading it too far right and pulling it," he explained. "... I guess it's like whatever I see on the left-right putt, sort of double it. Whatever I see on I left to right putt, it's not so much.
"It's just a little bit of an adjustment and something I can work on and something it was good to figure out this week, so I can work on it next week."