It was a frustrating final day for Rory McIlroy at Merion Golf Club, shooting a six-over 76 for the day to finish 14 over for the 2013 U.S. Open. To say the least, it was a disappointing performance for the No. 2 golfer in the world.
McIlroy entered the fourth round of the major at eight over par and didn’t help himself much throughout the entire day, as the course was playing tougher than originally expected.
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McIlroy started Sunday with a par and a birdie through the first two holes, but things went downhill quickly from there. After a par on the fourth, the wheels started to fall off for the Northern Ireland native. His tee shot landed right next to a bunker, and he was forced to hit a shot left-handed.
After knocking the ball into the middle of the fairway, McIlroy hit his next shot into the bunker near the green. Here’s what happened next, courtesy of Shane Bacon of Yahoo! Sports:
McIlroy would shoot par or better on the next five holes, but more issues arose on the 11th hole as Cobb’s Creek came into play. McIlroy would hit a pair of balls into the water and then took his frustration out on another club, as you can see below.
McIlroy’s actions made it easy for many on Twitter to chime in, including ESPN’s Rick Reilly:
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Even Shooter McGavin, the fictional character from Happy Gilmore, took the time to comment on what he was seeing from McIlroy on the 11th hole at Merion:
After the shots into the water, McIlroy finally sunk the ball into the cup on his eighth attempt for a quadruple bogey. It was just that kind of day for McIlroy.
He would shoot one over on the remaining seven holes, refraining from breaking any other clubs.
McIlroy played poorly all weekend long, but Sunday was, by far, his worst performance at Merion. He birdied just two holes and shot bogey or worse on four holes, and he was very far from the top of the leaderboard by the time he put the ball in the cup on the 18th.
McIlroy has been more than inconsistent over the last few months, most recently finishing in a tie for 57th at the Memorial Tournament, just under a month after back-to-back top-10 finishes at the Wells Fargo Championship and The Players Championship. He clearly didn't bring his A-game to the U.S. Open this week, as his struggles continue to be very apparent.
This is what McIlroy told Mike Walker of Golf.com after his third-round performance, noting how difficult Merion has played this week:
If you're not on your game 100 percent, you get on the wrong side of greens and it's just frightening because I didn't feel like I played too badly. I missed a few shots and there and I was trying on every shot out there and was trying to get myself back into it, but it's tough.
McIlroy may have won the U.S. Open two years ago, but he looked like anything but a former champion this weekend. He was inconsistent and frustrated at times, never seeming to quite be in control of his game.
That has to change going forward if McIlroy wants to play like the No. 2 golfer in the world. His next tournament is at the Irish Open from June 27-30.