Rory McIlroy Struggling During Round 3 of The Open

by Punter's Hero on July 16, 2011

in Golf, Latest News

The huge favorite to win the 2011 British Open, Rory McIlroy, was really struggling out on the Royal St. Georges today during round 3. He started out with bogeys on the first and third hole and it all went downhill from there really. After hitting the tee shot out of bounds on the Par 5 14th he made a double bogey which meant he is definitely out of contention this year. The weather during round 3 was awful for the early starters but started to calm down around 16:00 which should give the late starters a huge advantage.

Rory McIlroy ended up carding a 74 for +4 in total over the tournament while the leader (Darren Clarke) is currently parked at -4. It seems to me that McIlroy performs ok when the weather is fine but the second it starts getting a bit windy and the rain is poring down he kid of loses interest and he doesn’t perform nearly as well.

It will be very interesting to follow the last round of The Open tomorrow and I’m actually hoping that the weather conditions will be even worse than today. There’s nothing better than seeing the best players in the world struggling to make par on every hole. It’s a nice contrast to the John Deere Classic where the winner is always 20 under par or more.

My prediction for the 2011 British Open winner at this point is Darren Clarke. He is so solid in these poor weather conditions and the only thing that I can see that could stop him is if it would be nice and sunny and no wind come tomorrow. But since this tournament is held in England the chances for that happening is close to none.

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