‘It kind of came out of the blue’ – Rory McIlroy laments the errors that cost him the Travelers Championship

Rory McIlroy remains a “must-see” for the PGA Tour, even as the wheels take off for his second win in three weeks at the Travelers Championship in Connecticut.

He moved into the lead at 13-under, world number two when he made six birdies against just one bogey in his first 11 holes at TPC River Highlands.

But then he made a comedy of errors in his fourth straight week on the road, moving to level 70 on a quadruple-bogie eight in the 12th and double-bogie six in the 271-yard 15th that left him running in form. Seventh with Seamus Power, six shots behind halfway leader Xander Schöfel at eight-under.

After claiming his 21st PGA Tour win in Canada two weeks ago and vying for the US Open, McIlroy pulled his tee shot out of bounds in the 390-yard 12th.

He then blocked his third into the deep rough, plugged his fourth into the greenside bunker, slid his fifth over the green and duffed the chip for eight and just the sixth quadruple bogey in his US career. Went up and down.

He was back at one-under for the round, but then had his head in his hands after hitting a driveable, 271-yard 15th-place double-bogey six, where his blocked tee shot went deep from a kart path. The fescue got carrom in the rough.

Back in the game, he pitched through the green into a lake before making a 12-foot jump for a six.

He rallied in 16th place with two birdies, but still scored 70 runs at eight-under with sixth-placed Simus Power.

The Hollywood star admitted at the US Open that he was struggling to find a perfect three-wood and it cost him again last night.

“Three fairway wood shots are my price,” McIlroy said.

“For whatever reason, I haven’t been comfortable with my fairway woods over the past few weeks.”

He continued: “You know, I just hit three loose there, two at 12 and then at 15. That was really it. I played well the rest of the way. Obviously got off to that great start.

“I thought I came back well. I made a good putt for six at 15 and then birdied 16. Yeah, I should be close to the lead. Feel like I’ve seen a lot of people like it in golf tournaments.” Let go because

“But, you know, it’s still only two rounds. Two rounds left and a lot of golf left.”

On his mistakes, he said: “Yeah, it’s golf I think sometimes. Yeah, I mean, it’s out of the blue. I haven’t scored a big number like that or a pair of big numbers like that.” . for a long time.

“You know, when you hit a tee shot like a 12, the first one, the second one is very difficult, you know, and you’re protecting the left and I missed it on the right.

“Yeah, I mean, again, it was just one of them. I put myself in a great position this tournament and then just three bad swings gave me six shots.

“You know, I have all that work trying to put on makeup over the weekend. At least I have time to do it.”

A fan with a photo of him wearing a T-shirt followed by a fan continued his meteoric rise by firing a five-under 65.

The Irish pair were seventh, six shots behind Schoffel, whose second consecutive 63 gave them a five-shot clubhouse lead over Patrick Cantley, Harris English, Nick Hardy and Cameron Davis at 14-under.

Power is looking forward to giving local member Tim O’Brien more to cheer on over the weekend.

“I saw him, yeah,” the West Waterford star smiled, followed by O’Brien, as he qualified for the event last year on Monday with a 65 and has since become a PGA Tour winner. and has reached a career-high 36th place. In the world just 13 months ago from 437th.

“Yeah, it’s been amazing,” Power said of her new-found fame. “Apparently 18 months ago this wouldn’t have mattered. Obviously, your face gets a little bit more in there, you’re on TV a little bit more, and golf goes well.

“So that’s a good thing. I love it. It’s good. Hopefully, I can find some more people like this, and more fans move on.”

“It’s probably my first year on the Tour, where at this time of year I’m in a really good place, not worrying about the Top 125 and all that kind of stuff,” Powers said. “It definitely helps, it’s easier to play a little more free, and it’s showing in some of my scores.

“Yeah, it’s a fun stretch. I did the US Open last week, I’ve always loved this golf course, and then play the Irish Open next week and the Open after that. It’s going to be a great stretch of golf.” And I’m looking forward to it, and hopefully I can keep it up for the weekend.”

Meanwhile, the DP World Tour has fined rebels including Graeme McDowell £100,000 (over €116,000) for playing in a LIV golf event at Centurion Club without release.

Players have also been advised that they have been suspended from participating in the Genesis Scottish Open and the Barbasol Championships (7–10 July) and the Barracuda Championships (14–17 July).

DP World Tour chief executive Keith Pele said warning of further sanctions should they play more LIV events, “their actions are not fair to most of our membership and undermine the Tour.”

At the BMW International Open, Niall Kearney shot a superb four-under 68 to cut the boundary at four-unders, but was 11 shots behind China’s Li Haotong, who shot 67-under to lead Ryan Fox. A shot at 15-under.

Jonathan Caldwell scored 74 and Cormac Sherwin made 78 and missed five overs and nine overs respectively.

On the Challenge Tour, Ruedhri McGee chased down his opening 62 with 73, three shots down the pace at the Blot Open de Bretagne.

The dairy man (31) is three shots behind France’s Robin Sait-Siegrist, who made 67 runs to lead from a shot from England’s Alfie Plant.

Ballymena’s Dermot McElroy, who had four through 10 holes in the first round, added a five-under 65 to the opening 70 to share sixth at five-under.

Island’s Gavin Moynihan drew 70 to share 43rd place in the draw, but Robin Dawson scored 77 and missed two shots.