The Gamers: Rory McIlroy trails Wyndham Clark by 8 after poor spherical


Rollercoaster Rory.

That’s the solely approach to describe Rory McIlroy’s second spherical at The Gamers Championship.

Contemplate this: McIlroy’s first par of the day got here on the difficult par-4 seventh gap, which concerned a heroic escape from the pine straw.

His first six holes featured three bogies and three birdies, as McIlroy couldn’t regular the ship, in contrast to his first spherical on Thursday.

McIlroy waltzed round TPC Sawgrass the day earlier than, setting a Gamers Championship file with 10 birdies. He finally carded a 7-under 65, tying Xander Schauffele and Wyndham Clark atop the leaderboard after 18 holes.

Twenty-four hours later, McIlroy finds himself eight photographs behind Clark, who signed for one more 65 on Friday.

In the meantime, the Northern Irishman shot a disappointing 1-over 73, which featured one other water ball on the again 9.

After lacking an 11-footer for birdie on the par-5 eleventh, a annoyed McIlroy sat at 8-under for the championship. He pulled out the motive force on the par-4 twelfth, which has water down the left facet and measures solely 375 yards.

As an alternative of discovering the placing floor, like he did finally week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational, a well-known miss reared its ugly head. McIlroy missed the inexperienced left, pulling his tee shot into the water—much like how he did on the 18th and seventh holes on Thursday. The latter sparked a minor controversy with Jordan Spieth and Viktor Hovland, which was the spotlight of the day amongst golf followers.

Rory McIlroy, The Players Championship

Rory McIlroy hits a tee shot through the second spherical of the 2024 Gamers Championship.
Photograph by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Photos

That errant tee shot at 12 on Friday led to a different bogey, which dropped him again to even on the day and 7-under for the championship.

However the rollercoaster experience was not completed.

He bounced again with a pleasant birdie at 13, which performed harder than ordinary due to a tucked pin place on the right-hand facet of the inexperienced.

As such, he rapidly jumped again as much as 8-under. However he got here crashing again down with a double bogey on the par-4 14th, the second most troublesome gap to this point this week.

McIlroy discovered the bunker to the left of the green on 14, which compelled him to put as much as a spot 106 yards out. He then made a multitude of issues from there, flubbing his third shot to 46 toes in need of the again left pin. McIlroy then three-putted for a six.

Two holes later, on the par-5 sixteenth, the Ulsterman missed left off the tee once more, thus squandering a chance at a simple birdie.

After which, McIlroy had an simple birdie look on the well-known island inexperienced however squandered that chance too. He hit a terrific shot into the seventeenth—probably the greatest of the day—however he couldn’t convert, with the vary of feelings felt there serving as a metaphor for his whole second spherical.

The four-time main champion sits at 6-under by 36 holes and might want to make an enormous transfer on Saturday to soar again into rivalry.

Jack Milko is a golf workers author for SB Nation’s Enjoying Via. Be sure you take a look at @_PlayingThrough for extra golf protection. You possibly can comply with him on Twitter @jack_milko as effectively.



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