CHERRY HILLS VILLAGE, Colo. -- For the second consecutive round, the world's No. 1-ranked player four-putted the 12th green at Cherry Hills.
Seriously, who writes this stuff?
"At least I can laugh about it and move on," Rory McIlroy said Sunday after a final-round 66 that left him tied for eighth at the BMW Championship.
Moving on might be the key there. Since there are no future PGA TOUR events currently scheduled at Cherry Hills, McIlroy won't have to play his arch-nemesis any time soon.
"Two four-putts on the same green? It's not my worst," McIlroy said. "I have five-putted before."
But that was before he joined the PGA TOUR. Until this week, McIlroy had suffered just five four-putts in his first 85 starts on the PGA TOUR. He added two more on consecutive days. On the same hole.
Since 1992, it's just the 10th time on TOUR when a player has suffered two four-putts on the same hole in the same week.
On Saturday, McIlroy four-putted from inside 5 feet. In Sunday's final round, he four-putted from 19 feet, 2 inches, missing putts from 3 feet and 2 feet, 9 inches.
After missing his first putt from distance, McIlroy said his troubles on the 12th green the previous day crossed his mind as he stood over his second putt.
"Let's not give any more shots away to this hole -- that was what I said," McIlroy recalled. "So I maybe put a little bit too much pressure on myself to hole the second putt.
"On the third putt, I'm thinking, OK, you don't want to four-putt again."
But he did.
He's not the first player this year to have suffered that fate. At the season-opening Frys.com Open, Rory Sabbatini had consecutive four-putts on the sixth hole in the first two rounds.
Even so, it's unusual -- especially when you're the top-ranked player in the world.
"It sort of shows everyone out there that we do the same things as they do every weekend," McIlroy said.
Just incase anyone missed my 4 putt yesterday, I had to do it again 🙈 decent week overall, still in a great position going to Atlanta.— Rory Mcilroy (@McIlroyRory) September 7, 2014
Rory McIlroy's déjà vu moment on No. 12 at BMW