On Wednesday, Rory McIlroy played the BMW PGA Championship pro-am with One Direction BFF Niall Horan. On Thursday, McIlroy threw a club (again) in anger while carding a 1-under 71 in the first round at Wentworth.
Then on Friday, the World No. 1 missed the cut after an erratic 6-over 78 at the European Tour’s flagship event.
The top-ranked Northern Irishman made six bogeys and a double bogey on the par-four 11th, leaving him at 5-over 149 and four strokes outside the cutline. Playing his fourth straight event, McIlroy’s round was littered with wayward tee shots and feeble putting, which he chalked up to fatigue.
“I was trying to muster some birdies on the back nine but could not get anything going,” McIlroy said. “Coming off the back of three good weeks in the United States, I am in need of a rest. I’ll dust myself off for next week (at the Irish Open) and not read too much into it.”
McIlroy stuttered on the front nine, going out in 36 with two bogeys and a birdie before his round unraveled at the turn. He bogeyed the 10th and on the 11th, hooked a wild shot off the tee into trees on the left for an unplayable lie, before sending his next attempt into the crowd.
He ran up a six that left him 4 over and slid further down the leaderboard with bogeys on 13, 16 and 18, where he ended his day with a three-putt from 20 feet.
“I can take a couple of days at the weekend to refresh mentally,” McIlroy said. “It was inevitable that a good run was going to come to an end but I would love to be here for the weekend.”
— The European Tour (@EuropeanTour) May 22, 2015
Back to the club throw from Thursday. McIlroy likely faces a fine from the European Tour for his Happy Gilmore moment on the par-5 17th.
“I just sort of need to stay in control of my emotions because I feel like that’s one of the things, if I’m a little tired or a little fatigued mentally, I’ll start to be hard on myself and start to get down on myself. Try not to do that over the next few days. Just try and get as much rest as I’ve been getting and I should be okay. I just need to try to keep everything on an even keel out there.”
If you recall, McIlroy threw a club earlier this year into the Blue Monster at Doral, during the WGC Cadillac Championship. The club was eventually returned to him by Donald Trump. At least this time, no scuba diver was needed to retrieve the offending stick.
Rory's throwing clubs again… https://t.co/5xcFbhSCo4
— Chris Chaney (@Wrong_Fairway) May 22, 2015