Rory McIlroy continues climb up Open leaderboard

Rufina Vignone
Luglio 21, 2017

Rory McIlroy put himself back in contention at the 2017 British Open after he shot a two-under 68 in the second round in tough conditions at Royal Birkdale on Friday to enter the weekend at one under overall. After missing the cut at the U.S. Open, McIlroy is off to another awful start at the Open Championship. At that point, I sort of mumbled but it helped - it definitely helped.

"Specifically, he said: 'You're Rory McIlroy - what the f*** are you doing?'".

Colin Montgomerie on Wednesday issued a warning that Rory McIlroy had to get off to a fast, sub-par start in his first six holes of the tournament if he hoped to avoid his third straight worldwide missed cut and the fourth in his last five starts.

That deficit was dramatically halved on Friday when McIlroy picked up shots at the first and third holes before a stunning approach to the sixth set up only the second birdie of the day at a hole that was proving fiendishly hard for most of the field.

"Thankfully he's not had to do it too often, but he's had to do it a few times and he's never afraid to do that". In other circumstances it might have been a different day but the way it ended I feel good. It wasn't that I could look within myself. "I didn't get angry out there at all".

"My caddie JP gave me a talking to which helped to keep me positive", McIlroy later reflected on BBC Radio 5 Live. "You've got to be positive and he did a great job".

An impressive up-and-down from a green-side bunker at eight kept the momentum going, and two phenomenal par saves at 10 and 11 in treacherous conditions meant McIlroy stayed at three under for the day.

"With the weather we're expecting tomorrow, I still feel I'm in the golf tournament".

"I didn't let my head drop too much".

"I could be standing here and hit 18 greens and shot one over and missed every putt and feel bad". So I kept a good, positive attitude. "And it turned around for me, thankfully", said McIlroy.

"It got me back in a positive frame of mind because I really did not find the middle of the club face until the seventh tee". "It was nice to see the putt on 18 go in and close it out with something really positive".

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