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Rory McIlroy faces ANOTHER messy hole at Travelers and finishes in an eight-way tie for 31st place

Rory McIlroy faces STILL a nightmare hole at Travelers after landing his drive in the thickest rough at the par-four second, ending the day in an eight point tie for 31st place

  • Rory McIlroy endured a difficult hole in the par-four second at Travelers
  • The Northern Irishman skewed his drive 108 meters wide and in the thick rough
  • He carded a double-bogey six and then made a quadruple bogey on the par-four 12th
  • McIlroy managed to limit the damage, but still finished the day in 31st place

It’s been a busy week for Rory McIlroy, both on and off the track.

He saw his bid for a second US Open title slip as more rebellious golfers joined the Saudi Arabia-backed LIV Golf series, against which McIlroy has become the leader of the opposition.

So the 33-year-old Northern Irishman could have been forgiven for letting his frustrations take over after another nightmare gap at the Travelers Championship yesterday.

It was a day to soon forget at the Travelers for Rory McIlroy after he endured a nasty par-four second

It was a day to soon forget at the Travelers for Rory McIlroy after he endured a nasty par-four second

McIlroy is considered one of the world’s best drivers, but those skills have failed him so far at TPC River Highlands.

Yesterday, on the par-four second, he was horribly wrong, his drive skewed just 108 yards to the right, straight into the thickest rough.

It took him two tries to free himself from the long grass, and even then his iron shot from 71 yards left him well off the fairway, this time to the left.

The Northern Irishman skewed his drive in the thickest rough and carded a double-bogey six

The Northern Irishman skewed his drive in the thickest rough and carded a double-bogey six

After finally finding the green, McIlroy made a two-put to card a double-bogey six.

Despite his woes, he managed to share a joke with his caddy, proof that it can happen to even the world’s best golfers.

It wasn’t the start McIlroy was hoping for in his third round, after a tough back nine on Friday. Heading into round two he was tied in first and even managed to take a straight lead at 13 under after five early birdies.

He managed to mitigate the blow somewhat, but still ended the day with an eight point draw for the 31st

He managed to mitigate the blow somewhat, but still ended the day with an eight point draw for the 31st

But on the par-four 12th, he made a quadruple bogey after two quirky drives, followed by a dip in the water from his chipshot.

Three holes later, he scored a double bogey at 15, well behind Xander Schauffele, who has a one-time lead at the top of the standings en route to today’s final round.

Martin Laird now leads British interests, five shots ahead of a tie for fifth in his quest for a fifth PGA title.

McIlroy ended the day six-under-par in an eight-point tie for 31st, a sort of recovery after three holes that he’d like to forget.

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