Saturday 21 April 2018

McIlroy out to be cut above in States

Rory McIlroy hopes to make it third time lucky. Photo: Getty Images
Rory McIlroy hopes to make it third time lucky. Photo: Getty Images

Peter Hutcheon

Rory McIlroy is determined not to make it three missed cuts in a row in America when he tees up at the Quail Hollow championship in North Carolina tomorrow.

The 20-year-old has been working hard on his short game with coach Michael Bannon since returning home early from the Masters at the start of the month. He did not make the weekend at his previous event, the Shell Houston Open either.

McIlroy was in a despondent frame of mind at Augusta but has been much more upbeat of late and returns from his three week break with a renewed appetite for the game.

Quail Hollow also marks the return to competitive action for Tiger Woods, whose presence in North Carolina this week marks the return to a normal playing schedule. He’s already said he will be at Sawgrass next week and has posted an early entry for the US Open in June.

And R&A chief executive Peter Dawson said that he fully expected the world number one to be at St Andrew’s for this year’s Open Championship.

And he said anyone heckling Woods would be thrown out.

“We are not in a police state and people can say what they like, but if they start putting players off then we have to take steps,” he said.

“They will be asked to stop and if they don't stop they will be asked to leave.”

He was speaking yesterday at the official unveiling of the newly lengthened 17th Road Hole at the home of golf.

The tee has been pushed back 30 yards onto the old practice ground and the hole now measures 490 yards.

The extra distance will bring the Old Course Hotel more into play off the tee and force players into hitting longer irons into the shallow green over the cavernous and notorious Road Hole bunker.

Source: Belfast Telegraph

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