The only reason Rory McIlroy wasn't guilty of a five-putt on Friday is because his first attempt was from off the green.
Playing Monterrey Peninsula Country Club in the second of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, McIlroy nearly drove the green at the 349-yard, par 4-fifth ... and then this happened:
Believe it or not, this is not the first time McIlroy has four-putted in competition. He also did it at the 2015 U.S. Open and had it happen 2014 BMW Championship.
Per Golf Channel Research, this is actually the 10th time McIlroy has four-putted in 8,462 holes played on the PGA Tour.
At the BMW, McIlroy put his consecutive gaffes in this context: “It’s not my worst,” McIlroy said. “I’ve had five-putts before. It’s one of those things. At least I can laugh about it and move on.”
We can unofficially mark Friday down as another five-putt.