10th December 2023

Rory McIlroy couldn’t get issues going Friday on the BMW Championship.

He completed his spherical proper the place he began: at 5-under for the event. He carded an even-par 70 for his second spherical.

“Fairly mediocre,” McIlroy mentioned of his play on Friday. “General, I hit it a bit higher off the tee. I had a few large [misses] on 7 and 15. However I don’t really feel like I performed too completely different to how I performed yesterday. I simply obtained a bit extra out of my spherical yesterday.”

The day earlier than, McIlroy shot a 5-under 65, regardless of hitting simply three fairways. His miraculous ‘hit and hope’ birdie on the par-4 17th was the spotlight of the day, which put him in a share of the lead after the primary spherical.

Quick ahead a day, and McIlroy now sits 5 again of Max Homa, who blistered Olympia Fields en path to taking pictures the course file.

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Rory McIlroy performs his second shot from left of the 18th fairway on Friday on the BMW Championship.
Photograph by Michael Reaves/Getty Photos

On the par-Four seventh, one of many holes McIlroy alluded to, he pushed his tee-shot miles proper of the green. He was fortunate to flee with a par, because of an eight-foot putt he holed.

Later, on the par-5 15th, McIlroy rifled his tee ball deep into the woods proper of the green, forcing a penalty drop. That led to his first—and to this point solely—bogey of the championship.

But, 34-year-old has not been penalized an excessive amount of for his inaccuracies because of the gentle circumstances at Olympia Fields.

The Chicago-area course has acquired over two inches of rain this week, and the gamers have taken full benefit.

“I actually haven’t performed a golf course the place the greens have been this gentle in fairly some time,” McIlroy mentioned.

“However there are nonetheless some greens that you just’d virtually reasonably—particularly to a few of these again pins—you’d reasonably be hitting out of the tough than out of the green as a result of it gained’t spin again on you. Hopefully, it companies up over the weekend, and if it does, we’ll all must hit a number of extra fairways.”

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Rory McIlroy performs his second shot on the seventh gap throughout spherical two of the 2023 BMW Championship.
Photograph by Michael Reaves/Getty Photos

On the few events McIlroy discovered the quick grass off the tee, he had the inexperienced gentle to assault the flag stick.

As an illustration, on the 10th gap, McIlroy hammered his tee shot 334 yards over the bunker on the left nook of the green. It was arguably the most effective drive he hit all week.

“That [second] shot into 10, that was 105 [yards], so I’ve like a 105-yard shot with my sand wedge, which is the bottom shot that I’ve,” McIlroy defined. “So if I went to a different wedge, say my 50-degree wedge, I don’t observe hitting my 50 [degree] 105 [yards], so I don’t actually know what swing to placed on it. That’s as straightforward as I can hit a sand wedge, and I attempted to take spin-off, and it nonetheless spun.”

McIlroy’s second shot at 10 landed as soon as and spun off the entrance of the inexperienced, thus eliminating any likelihood of constructing a birdie.

That occurred a number of instances Friday.

However he would reasonably have that occur than discover the penalty space off the tee.

Nonetheless, the four-time main winner should discover extra fairways if he desires to trace down Homa. As a result of proper now, McIlroy ranks lifeless final in driving accuracy on the BMW Championship, which doesn’t occur typically.

Jack Milko is a golf workers author for SB Nation’s Taking part in Via. You may comply with him on Twitter @jack_milko for extra golf protection. Remember to try @_PlayingThrough too.

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