RORY MCILROY AND his partner Caroline Wozniacki have a rare weekend off together but the Northern Irish golfer is determined to put the hard practice yards in at the same venue where he missed the cut.
McIlroy recorded an even par 72 yesterday at Carton House but his two-round total of +2 was not good enough to avoid a missed cur at the 2013 Irish Open. The Holywood native was one of four Major winners, from Ireland, to be denied weekend action due to inadequate scoring. Pádraig Harrington, Graeme McDowell and Darren Clarke are the others.
The world number two was eager to accentuate the positives when he spoke to the assembled media on Friday evening.
“I actually feel like I played okay today, a little bit better,” he said. “When I missed a green, I didn’t really get up‑and‑down and I didn’t hole many putts. But I thought ball‑striking‑wise was definitely a little bit better today.” McIlroy added:
I’ll probably be still be here the weekend and practice. But not nice to not be out there competing and obviously trying to win a tournament at the weekend.”
McIlroy feels he has adequate time to work out his driving and putting kinks before next month’s British [The] Open. He added, “As I say, I just need to work on my game and try to keep doing the right things and put the work in and if I can do that, you know, it should turn around at some point, whether that’s in a couple of weeks or a little bit further down the line.”
Irish golfer Shane Lowry is currently tied for third on -7, two shots back from American Peter Uiklein and Robert Rock of England.
McIlroy hopes that he will be back in the winner’s circle sooner rather than later. He said, “I still have a lot of big tournaments, two Majors and still a lot of golf to play this year, and just going to try and work as hard as I possibly can to get back to the golf that I know that I’m capable of playing.”
Wozniacki, who was dumped out of Wimbledon in its first week, will not be at a loose end while her boyfriend is off fine-tuning this weekend. There are plenty of tennis courts on the grounds of Carton House that she can practice on.