Rory left frustrated after a poor start
Rory McIlroy was in a frustrated mood after carding a two over par 73 in the third round of The 145th Open at Royal Troon.
The 27-year-old Northern Irelander started the day looking for a low score to move him up into touching distance of the leaders but he dropped two shots in his first three holes and never really recovered.
McIlroy goes into the final round on level par and needing a drastic change at the top of the leaderboard if he is to have any chance of regaining the Claret Jug he won at Hoylake in 2104.
“It was tough,” he said. “I’ve said all week you need to get off to a good start on this golf course and I wasn’t able to do that. I missed a couple of short ones on 1 and 3 and also missed a couple of chances after that.
“You can’t afford to be over par on the front nine because you can’t expect to pick up too many shots on the back nine. I felt like I played OK on the back nine. I felt like I held it together but I dropped a shot on 15 and then missed a decent chance on 16.”
The 16th was where McIlroy’s frustration came to a head when broke the shaft on his fairway wood after carving his second shot off to the right.
“I had to get that club re-glued earlier in the week so it was probably partly due to that and partly the throw as well,” he suggested. “The truck’s still here so I’ll get it re-shafted and all will be well in the morning.”
The World No. 4 will need to be at his very best during the final round if he has any chance of getting close to the leaders.
“I will try to get off to a good start,” he said. “At the moment it looks like Phil and Henrik are playing a tournament of their own but I will go out and try to shoot a good score and finish as high as I possibly can.”