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The Tour Report

July 16 2010

12:26 PM

McIlroy hits the skids

Rory McIlroy probably didn’t think it would be this hard.

Following up a really low round with another is never easy. Add in winds gusting to 35 mph or so -- blowing across a wide-open golf course that resembles a moonscape – and the challenge is multiplied.

McIlroy, who tied the major championship record with a sizzling 63 on Friday, has just made three bogeys in a four-hole stretch and dropped to 6 under for the tournament. That means Louis Oosthuizen’s lead at 12 under is now five strokes.

His nearest challenger? None other than Mark Calcavecchia, who turned 50 last month, and won the British Open in 1989 at Royal Troon. Calcavecchia, like Oosthuizen, played in the morning half of the draw and shot 67. – Helen Ross