After his hopes of a win of this year took a hit after having a frustrating second 35, rory McIlroy vowed to get back on course during the weekend in the DP World Tour Championship.
McIlroy was only one off the lead following his classy 64 on Thursday, however he wanted 10 shots to negotiate with the Earth Course on Friday because he slipped six shots behind pioneer Mike Lorenzo-Vera that is halfway.
The world No two seemed out of sorts early and, after five opening pars, he found water from the tee in the short sixth and ran a double-bogey before obtaining back one at the seventh, just to drop additional shots at the 10th and 13th, where he fluffed a processor and did well to limit the damage to some four.
McIlroy almost pitched in for eagle at the 14th and settled for a tap-in birdie, but after another good save at 17, he shove his drive at the last too much right and discovered water, although he managed to get the green with a fairway-wood along with two-putt to salvage a par-five to remain at six under.
Obviously I just didnt quite have it today, said McIlroy, who is playing his final event of this year before shooting a two-month break over winter. The wind was up just a bit, there was lots of into-off-the-right storms, and I had been trying to hold them up and I had been losing them left a small bit. Attempt to figure out that and I have to do a little job on the scope.
But I hung in there now. Went on the edges of these holes today, and that I didnt know the rough was as bad as it had been. I hit it in the rough now and it was a bit more difficult, although I hit it in the fairway most of the week.
I just wasnt quite there. The end was tricky and the class played a little trickier, but obviously I didnt quite play as well as yesterday. It is a very game. Ive always said that one day it may seem simple and somebody up there saysnot so fast, and brings you back down to ground. That is golf!
But I fought through it and Im still in with a shout to have a go at winning this tournament. I simply have to stick the head down over the weekend and then get in there and try to take a couple of good scores.
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