In the Masters in 2014, Rory McIlroy neither lost nor gained any strokes on the par 5s at Augusta. Missing these opportunities prevented him from being in contention for the title, and lead to a finish eight strokes behind winner Bubba Watson. Yesterday, the par-5 13th and 15th saved his round.
“It could have been a round that got away from me,” said McIlroy, who is seeking to complete his career grand slam this weekend. “I just stayed patient, realizing that it’s a 72-hole golf tournament and not having to press too much.”
The 26-year-old didn’t get off to the best of starts. He missed a 10-foot birdie putt on the first, and pulled his drive on the second before scrambling for par.
On the par-3 sixth, McIlroy’s tee shot came up short, and the chip which followed caught a hill and rolled back down towards him.
He made a birdie to compensate on the 7th, before completely nullifying it on the 11th with a bogey after failing to two-putt.
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