McIlroy rallies after another bad start

Rory McIlroy made another poor start at the WGC-Cadillac Championship on Thursday, but was able to rally somewhat over his closing holes.

The World No 1 was surprisingly off the pace at the Honda Classic last week, eventually missing the cut, and things didn’t get too much better for him during his first nine holes at Doral.

Starting from the 10th, McIlroy played his front nine in a disappointing four-over-par 40, adding a double-bogey six to earlier bogeys at the 11th and 17th.

The double-bogey came after he followed up a superb tee shot into the heart of the fairway by pulling his second shot into the water left of the green, while the earlier bogeys were as a result of failing to get up and down from greenside bunkers.

The Northern Irishman was staring down the barrel of another big score, though he was able to pull himself together over his last six holes.

McIlroy birdied the fourth, fifth and seventh and then made a superb eagle at the eighth, but unfortunately further bogeys at the sixth and the closing ninth ruined his progress somewhat.

The end result was a one-over-par 73, which still left him a full nine shots off the early pace set by the likes of Ryan Moore and JB Holmes.

“It is very good on the range and it is very good in normal play when I’m not playing a tournament,” McIlroy told Sky Sports.

“Then I’ve got a card in my hand the last couple weeks and it just hasn’t quite been there.

“It’s nice you can get round rounds this week and sort of try to play your way into some sort of rhythm. I don’t feel like it’s that far away. That’s the frustrating thing.”