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Rory McIlroy bends his wedge in half during the final round of the U.S. Open

To say it's been a tough year for Rory McIlroy would be an understatement. The two-time major winner headed into 2013 with plenty of hype and expectations, but it has been completely forgettable to this point.

That trend continued this week at Merion, where McIlroy played very mediocre golf over the first three rounds, heading into Sunday with no real shot at competing for this title and was hoping just to put up a good score and finish in the top-10.

That didn't happen, and everything really came unraveled on the 11th hole. After having to go left-handed earlier in his round, McIlroy found the water on the 11th and took out his frustration on his wedge, eventually making a quadruple-bogey on the par-4.

That club, of course, is now out of play, and Rory will be forced to take on the rest of this final round with just 13 clubs, but that appears to be the least of his worries at this point. I guess if you look at the bright side of this, you can say that all that time in the gym seems to be paying off.

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