Rory McIlroy at Wells Fargo Championship 2014: Daily Scores, Leaderboard Updates

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Rory McIlroy at Wells Fargo Championship 2014: Daily Scores, Leaderboard Updates
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After barely making the cut on Friday, Rory McIlroy got well back into position after a 65 on Saturday.

Unfortunately, he was unable to maintain his momentum through Round 4 of the 2014 Wells Fargo Championship. After a roller-coaster round of 70, McIlroy finished at eight under—good enough for a top-10 finish, but far from contention.

Here's a hole-by-hole look at McIlroy's final round:

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out
Par 4 3 4 4 5 3 5 4 4 36
Score 5 3 4 4 5 3 4 3 5 36
Hole 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In
Par 5 4 4 3 4 5 4 3 4 36
Score 5 4 3 4 3 4 4 3 4 34

PGATour.com

Here's an look at the final leaderboard:

Wells Fargo Championship Leaderboard
Pos. Name Score Round 4
1 J.B. Holmes -14 71
2 Jim Furyk -13 65
3 Martin Flores -12 72
4 Jason Bohn -11 70
5 Justin Rose -10 71
T6 Brendon de Jonge -9 69
T6 Kevin Kisner -9 73
T8 Rory Sabbatini -8 67
T8 Roberto Castro -8 70
T8 Rory McIlroy -8 70

PGATour.com

Full leaderboard can be viewed at PGATour.com 

 

Day 4

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McIlroy's final round began with an unfortunate omen, as he took a bogey at hole No. 1.

After five-consecutive pars, McIlroy finally regained his form on No. 7, barely missing an 85-foot eagle chip and tapping in for birdie. He got into the red numbers for the day, following up with another birdie on the eighth.

That wouldn't last long.

An error-filled ninth hole left McIlroy with his second bogey of the day, finishing his front nine in even par.

It didn't look good for McIlroy at this point, as he needed to be a big mover to elevate himself into contention.

Yet again, his back nine was filled with ups and downs. After two pars, he birdied the par four 12th, but followed it up with a bogey on the par three 13th.

He remained resilient, recording a birdie on the 14th, and had his best back-nine moment one hole later.

On the par 5 15th, his 53-yard bunker shot settled to just six feet from the pin, and he connected on the short birdie put to get to two under on the day.

As we know, the final three holes of the course are incredibly treacherous. McIlroy navigated the Green Mile nicely, recording three-straight pars.

Unfortunately, this was not the birthday present McIlroy had hoped for.

His 70 wasn't a bad score by any stretch, and his top-10 finish bodes well for the upcoming Players Championship.

 

Day 3

McIlroy's only blemish on the day came at No. 9, which he bogeyed, but by that point he was already five-under for the day and playing strongly. His overall performance was reminiscent of 2010, as Justin Ray of ESPN tweeted:

And he certainly jumped up a few places in the standings, as Golf Digest noted:

McIlroy's big round normally would have been the day's biggest story, but Phil Mickelson shot an incredible 63, stealing the headlines and nearly setting a course record. The record of course is 62, jointly held by McIlroy and Brendon de Jonge.

McIlroy may be a long shot to win the tournament, but he at least moved himself into striking distance on Saturday. If he can duplicate this performance and the players ahead of him struggle, he could yet earn the title. 

Crazier things have happened. One way or another, McIlroy will be pleased he got his game back on Saturday.

 

Day 2

After a strong start to the Wells Fargo Championship in Round 1, Rory McIlroy took a huge step back in Round 2.

The young star could only manage a 76 on Friday to put him at one stroke over par for the tournament. Here is a look at his scorecard for Day 2:

Rory McIlroy Round 2 Scorecard
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out
Par 4 3 4 4 5 3 5 4 4 36
Score 4 4 6 6 4 4 5 3 4 40
Hole 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Par 5 4 4 3 4 5 4 3 4 36 72
Score 5 4 4 3 3 5 5 3 4 36 76

via PGATour.com

 

This poor showing put him far off the leaders after 36 holes. Here is an updated look at the leaderboard as of 6:30 p.m. ET:

Wells Fargo Day 2 Leaderboard
Pos. Name Score Round 2
T1 Martin Flores -9 68
T1 Angel Cabrera -9 69
3 Justin Rose -8 67
4 Shawn Stefani -7 68
T5 Kevin Kisner -6 66
T5 Martin Kaymer -6 69
T5 Stewart Cink -6 70
T5 J.B. Holmes -6 Thru 16
T9 Geoff Ogilvy -5 67
T9 Martin Laird -5 70
T9 Jonathan Byrd -5 71

via PGATour.com

Full leaderboard can be viewed at PGATour.com 

 

Things could not have started any worse for McIlroy. While he did earn a par on the first hole, things quickly went downhill:

After a three-putt on hole No. 2, he was incredibly wild on the next two turns, earning penalties on each. All of a sudden, a once-promising tournament had turned into a miserable experience.

McIlroy then traded a birdie and a bogey over the next two holes before finally evening out. One of his best shots of the day came on No. 8 when he was able to pitch his way to a birdie:

This seemed to settle him down as it was followed by five pars in a row and then a birdie on No. 14.

A missed putt from just four feet away led to a bogey on the 16th hole, but the rest of the back-nine was much more impressive.

Of course, this did not make up for a miserable open to the round, which put him far out of contention. While he was in serious danger of missing the cut for most of the day, he appears safe after the first 36 holes. Still, he has a long way to go if he wants to make his way back onto the leaderboard.

One of the big problems was his putting, which has been an issue for most of the year. He looked much better on the greens on Thursday, but he lost -1.111 strokes in Round 2.

Unless he improves in this area, he has little chance of ending his tournament title drought.

 

Day 1

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Rory McIlroy has been incredibly consistent this season, but he is still looking for his first title since 2012. His strong start at the Wells Fargo Championship puts him in contention to finally get that win.   

The talented golfer—who will turn 25 on Sunday—opened his week up with a three-under 69. Here is a look at his scorecard from Day 1:

Rory McIlroy Round 1 Scorecard (Started on Back Nine)
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out
Par 4 3 4 4 5 3 5 4 4 36
Score 4 3 5 5 4 2 5 4 4 36
Hole 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Par 5 4 4 3 4 5 4 3 4 36 72
Score 4 4 4 3 4 4 5 2 3 33 69

via PGATour.com

 

This strong day put him just a few strokes off the lead when he turned in his card. Here is a look at the leaderboard at the end of the first round:

Wells Fargo Championship Day 1 Leaderboard
Pos. Name Score
1 Angel Cabrera -6
T2 Phil Mickelson -5
T2 Martin Flores -5
T4 Jonathan Byrd -4
T4 Stewart Cink -4
T4 Webb Simpson -4
T7 Rory McIlroy -3
T7 Hideki Matsuyama -3
T7 Shawn Stefani -3
T7 Vijay Singh -3
T7 Martin Kaymer -3
T7 Kevin Na -3
T7 Charles Howell III -3
T7 Justin Rose -3
T7 Martin Laird -3

via PGATour.com

Full leaderboard can be viewed at PGATour.com

 

The Wells Fargo Championship has a bit of a different feeling for McIlroy as he comes in the week No. 11 in the world golf rankings

Obviously, he was not thrilled about his recent decline, explaining, "It's not nice to drop out -- over three years in the Top 10 and you sort of get comfortable there. Hopefully I can get myself back up, you know, into the sort of territory I have been at the last few years," via David Wharton of the Los Angeles Times.

The good news is that he comes into Quail Hollow Club playing extremely well. He tied for eighth place at the Masters and has five top-10 finishes in six stroke-play tournaments on the PGA Tour.

This solid play continued right away at Charlotte as he was able to birdie his first hole. Starting on No. 10, McIlroy was just short of the green in two shots on the par-five hole. He was then able to go up-and-down to move under par right off the bat:

He then continued to post low scores thanks to a 72.2 percent greens in regulation for the day, per PGATour.com.

McIlroy added three more birdies on his first nine holes to go with just one bogey to total a 33 at the midway point. Kieran Clark of eDraft Sports notes that the player's start could be a reminder of his past win:

Unfortunately, the Northern Ireland star started to falter on the front nine. After two pars, he carded back-to-back bogeys on No. 3 and No. 4 thanks to poor shots off the tee. He is usually wild, but his shots were too much to make up.

He did make up for these holes with consecutive birdies on No. 5 and No. 6, but the damage was enough to keep him off the lead. He added three more pars to finish three under for the day.

As Ben Coley of Sporting Life pointed out, this was a relatively disappointing but still solid start:

Still, McIlroy remains well in contention to make a run toward the top of the leaderboard. He is just a few strokes off the lead heading into the afternoon session, and it is only the third time all year he has posted a score in the 60s in Round 1.

If he can simply improve his driving accuracy to go with his impressive putting from the first day, he should find himself in good position all weekend.

 

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