By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM
SAN FRANCISCO — Rory McIlroy went through a stretch of three straight missed cuts on two continents. But then last week, he finished tied for seventh at the FedEx St. Jude Classic. So the question upon entering this week’s U.S. Open was this: which McIlroy would show up at the Olympic Club?
After 36 holes, we got our answer. McIlroy’s total of 10 over showed that his game isn’t yet back to the form he displayed a year ago in wiping out the field to win the U.S. Open at Congressional.
"It doesn’t come easy to you all the time," McIlroy said after shooting a 3-over 73 on Friday to go with his opening 77. "It hasn’t been the greatest run over the last sort of six weeks or whatever it is, but … I still see enough good stuff in the rounds that it does give me hope that it’s not very far away."
McIlroy walked off his final green Friday expecting to miss the cut. He had targeted 8 over as the number, which meant he needed to make a birdie on his final hole. But after missing a makeable birdie attempt at the 8th hole (his final hole), McIlroy missed the comebacker to drop another stroke. The projected cut line is 8 over as of this moment.
"Obviously disappointed," McIlroy said. "It wasn’t the way I wanted to play. I left myself with a lot of work to do after yesterday’s round, and to be honest, overall, I don’t feel like I played that badly for the last two days."
McIlroy said he simply did not make the necessary adjustments that the olympic Club demands, something he didn’t have a problem with last year.
"We’re just not used to playing this sort of golf course week in, week out," Mcilroy said. "Of course you have to adapt and you have to adjust. We’re not used to having to land balls before the edge of the greens to let them run on.
"It’s just something that you just have to adjust to in this tournament, and I wasn’t able to do that very well this week."
- Rory McIlroy