By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
ARDMORE, Pa. -- Rory McIlroy had just hit into the water fronting the green on the par-4 11th hole. As he walked toward the hazard, his frustration boiled over and he stuck his wedge in the ground and bent it beyond repair.
"What you don't want to do as a golfer is follow one mistake with another, and that's what I did," McIlroy said of the wayward shot. "I think that's what this tournament does to you. At one point or another it's got the better of you, and it definitely did this weekend."
McIlroy made quadruple bogey on the hole and went on to shoot 76, finishing his week at 14 over.
The No. 2 player in the world who set a U.S. Open scoring record at Congressional two years ago, McIlroy was never in contention at Merion.
McIlroy made 20 bogeys (or worse) over four days, including a double bogey and the aforementioned quadruple bogey.
"Everyone hits bad shots, but mine are just costing me too much at the minute," said McIlroy, who has not been a factor in either of the year's first two majors.
McIlroy insists he is close, but he didn't look it this week.
Take his drive on the second hole of the third round, for example. Another bad miss well to the right led to a bogey on the par 5.
"When you hit a tee shot like that at the start of the round, it's sort of in your head the rest of the day," he said.
And all week, too.