MAMARONECK, N.Y. (Reuters) – Four-time major winner Rory McIlroy clawed his way back up the leaderboard at Winged Foot on Saturday, carding a two-under par 68 after a 2nd round depression had threatened to derail his newest U.S. Open campaign.
The 31- year-old had to recover from a harsh performance on Friday that saw him stumble through with 4 bogeys and a double bogey on the front nine alone, prior to eventually shooting a six-over par 76.
Yet after putting up a near-flawless efficiency on Saturday, McIlroy now heads into the last round at one-over through 54 holes, still in contention for his very first significant title in six years.
” You’re going to have stretches in U.S. Opens where you’re going to make bogeys and you’re going to make errors,” he said.
” If you can back it up with stretches of golf like I showed there, that’s what you need to do. It’s not going to be all plain sailing in this tournament.”
McIlroy is among a sizeable group who have managed the terrifying Mamaroneck course well, with its narrow fairways and fast greens posing a significant challenge.
Geoff Ogilvy, the last U.S. Open winner at the New York course, won by a stroke in 2006 with a five-over par overall. Yet with a handful of golf players still under par late on Saturday, the course had actually still not taken as heavy a toll as predicted.
” You’ve got to think 14 years on the video game has changed a lot. Guys hit it further, equipment,” stated McIlroy.
” Scoring averages have decreased a bit, typically. The game has actually just carried on a little bit and everybody has collectively, I believe, just got a little bit much better.”
Reporting by Amy Tennery; editing by Ian Chadband
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