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Bad day for generous McIlroy

Rory McIlroy left himself a mountain to climb at The Open with a second round 75 - but at least he did not forget the teenager he hit on the head the day before.

Rather than having Bristol 16-year-old Jason Blue sleeping in a tent again, the world number two provided a hotel room and "some cash" - around £100 he then said - in addition to the signed glove he had given him at the time.

"I thought it was the least I could do when he's got a massive gash in the side of his head," McIlroy stated.

"I put him and his mate up for the night and actually tried to get them into the hotel for a couple more nights, but they were just fully booked."

There was very nearly another casualty after the Northern Irishman resumed in joint sixth place on three under. McIlroy's wild approach to the third came down right next to Toru Oda, the caddie of Japanese player Toshinori Muto.

That it also narrowly avoided the thick rough added to the 23-year-old's relief, but he bogeyed the hole and it was on the short ninth that the round really started getting away from him.

While an alarm was sounding in a nearby house - he refused to blame that - McIlroy failed to get out of a greenside bunker, took a double bogey five and then dropped three more strokes coming home.

Each resulted from finding rain-sodden bunkers, the one on the 17th so bad that he chose to drop the ball in the sand away from the water.

He added: "It wasn't the best day out there. I was doing pretty well just to hang in there and making a double on the ninth was sort of the turning point.

"I couldn't really recover from that. I wasn't committing to my tee shots and was in two minds a few times about what shots to hit. That's just something I'll need to improve on tomorrow - just really commit to it and try to get the ball in the fairway."

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