Rory McIlroy in a ‘good place’ for Masters bid after ‘breakthrough’ last year
Rory McIlroy labelled the BMW PGA Championship a “s*** show” after he and other golfers were forced to play their second rounds in the dark. McIlroy overcame adversity and plenty of frustration to keep his hopes of making the cut in the BMW PGA championship alive at the death.
The World No 2 was left waiting on the 17th and 18th tees for a prolonged period alongside three groups of equally bemused golfers after foggy conditions wreaked havoc on the tournament’s schedule.
An 80-minute delay to the start of play left McIlroy racing to the finish line under the cover of darkness. A last-gasp birdie on the 18th moved him just inside the cut line.
However, the Northern Irishman won’t find out whether he has made it through to the final two rounds at Wentworth until Saturday morning once the remaining groups have finished.
McIlroy, never afraid to let his feelings be known, vented his anger at the situation. “It was a ****-show. The fog obviously delayed things but I’ve never remembered having that many players on 17 and 18,” he said.
“It’s not as if they teed us off in tighter slots or anything. We’re the last group to maybe get done, so we were maybe fortunate that way, but it’s hard for me trying to play the last well and make the cut – it was a bit of a mad dash and a scramble to get finished.”
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“I have not been at my best the last couple of days but I don’t feel I am too far away,” he added. “Hopefully I get an opportunity to play a couple more rounds here and try to finish the week off on a positive note.”
McIlroy wasn’t the only one who was thoroughly unimpressed by the pace of play. Paul McGinley repeatedly affirmed that it was an “absolute disgrace” on the Sky Sports broadcast. “Four hours 40 minutes is about the average these days for a three-ball, and even that is too long. They have got to find ways to speed up the pace of play. Enough is enough now,” said McGinley.
In the end, it took McIlroy, Viktor Hovland and Ludvig Aberg (the final group to finish) an agonising five hours and 30 minutes to complete their round of golf.
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