McIlroy maintains busy pace while rivals take break
Published 14/05/2015 | 02:30
Marathon man Rory McIlroy keeps rolling on while some of the big names in the game are opting out and saving their energy after some hectic action in the last month.
The world No 1 is ready to go once more in the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow today - his third tournament in a row and the latest in a five-week stretch that will include the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down from May 28-31.
Having been let down by his putting at Sawgrass last weekend, McIlroy will be determined to bounce back at Quail Hollow, where he first won on the PGA Tour.
Jordan Spieth, the 21-year-old recent winner of The Masters, is taking time out to regroup after an exciting and eventful few weeks.
Also on the absentee list for the Wells Fargo event are Players champion Rickie Fowler, Sergio Garcia, who plays in the Open de Espana at El Prat on the European Tour, Tiger Woods, Jason Day, Justin Rose, Bubba Watson, and Dustin Johnson.
The field is still formidable, with 11 of the top 30 in the World Rankings, including McIlroy (1), Henrik Stenson (3), Jim Furyk (5) and tournament holder JB Holmes (13)
Pádraig Harrington, the only other Irish player in the Wells Fargo event, shot 67 on the last day at Sawgrass. He was delighted with his long game, but distraught at his putting performance.
Harrington opened his heart to his followers on his Facebook page, saying: "I left Sawgrass with mixed emotions.
"Firstly I am delighted with how I played from tee to green and would go as far to say that it was the best I have ever played - I was second in greens hit in regulation with 75% and fourth in strokes gained tee to green.
"My putting was terrible, particularly in the first three rounds; it was much better in the final round even though I didn't hole anything."
Michael Hoey, Damien McGrane and Peter Lawrie, the 2008 champion, tee it up in the Open de Espana won last year by Miguel Angel Jimenez.
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