Trying day for McIlroy and Woods – but pair pocket $4m windfall
RORY McILROY shelved his new Nike putter and Tiger Woods was also blown out of the tournament after a rules blunder on a shocking day in Abu Dhabi for the world's top two golfers.
McIlroy and Woods missed the halfway cut at the HSBC Championship after being paid a whopping $4m to play in the oil-rich Emirate – they keep every penny, despite playing just 36 of the 72 holes.
World No 1 McIlroy's mega-million dollar deal to use Nike equipment will not be threatened by an eye-opening decision to put his old Scotty Cameron putter back in the bag for the second round.
Yet inept back-to-back rounds of 75 certainly did little to boost McIlroy's stock or that of his new sponsors.
Spectators who'd cheered a rampant Tiger all the way down the stretch were stunned to learn he, too, had missed the cut when a two-stroke penalty was added to his score at the finish for an obscure rules infringement on the fifth.