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Putter stutter for Rory McIlroy as short game lets down two-time US PGA champion

Published 28/07/2016

Rory McIlroy struggled with his putting at Baltusrol (AP)
Rory McIlroy struggled with his putting at Baltusrol (AP)
Rory McIlroy needed to work on his putting after an opening 74 at Baltusrol

Rory McIlroy had to wait until soaring temperatures dropped before working on a cold putter which left him battling to avoid a first missed cut in the US PGA Championship.

McIlroy lifted the Wanamaker Trophy in 2012 and 2014 and has recorded three other top-eight finishes in seven appearances in the final major of the year, but struggled to an opening 74 at Baltusrol on Thursday.

The 27-year-old was keen to work on his putting after signing for his fourth birdie-free score in 115 major championship rounds, and second this year, but took the sensible option as the searing heat forced tournament officials to water the greens during play.

"I'll try to spend as much (time) as I can on it," the 27-year-old said. "Obviously it's very hot out here. I'll probably just go back to the house that we rented, chill out a little bit and maybe come back this evening and hit some putts when it cools off - not that it cools off that much in the evenings.

"I'll try to hit some putts and then maybe spend a bit of extra time on the putting green tomorrow, as well. I'll try to do as much as I can and not wear myself out.

''Tee to green is not the problem and I'm driving the ball as well as ever I think, but when I get to the greens it's a different story. I had a couple of chances early on that I could not convert and then missed a couple of greens and did not get up and down and I was always chasing it from there.

''I really struggled with the pace. They look much quicker than they are and two or three times I had putts within 12 feet that were downhill and left them short.

''I need to be more aggressive with my stroke, figure it out tomorrow and shoot something in the mid-60s and get into the weekend. That's the first objective. I will stay as patient as I can and try to turn it around.''

Rory McIlroy plays his shot from the sixth tee during the second round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 29, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Rory McIlroy plays his shot from the sixth tee during the second round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 29, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 29: Jordan Spieth of the United States and Brad Gregory, former PGA of America Rules Chair, look at the position of Spieth's ball after Spieth took a drop on the seventh hole where his ball landed in casual water during the second round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 29, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 29: Jordan Spieth of the United States picks his ball up out of casual water after a drop ruling on the seventh hole during the second round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 29, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 29: Sergio Garcia of Spain plays his shot from the ninth tee during the second round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 29, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 29: Jordan Spieth of the United States walks across the ninth hole during the second round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 29, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 29: Jordan Spieth of the United States takes a drop after his ball came to rest in casual water on the seventh hole during the second round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 29, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 29: Jordan Spieth of the United States prepares to hit his ball after taking a drop on the seventh hole during the second round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 29, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 29: Emiliano Grillo of Argentina plays his shot from the first tee during the second round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 29, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 29: Jordan Spieth of the United States evaluates his shot after he took multiple drops on the seventh hole where a drop ruling was made when his ball landed in casual water during the second round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 29, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 29: Ross Fisher of England plays his shot from the 12th tee during the second round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 29, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 29: Emiliano Grillo of Argentina waves after making a putt for birdie on the 18th green during the second round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 29, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 29: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland plays his shot from the fourth tee during the second round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 29, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 29: Phil Mickelson of the United States plays his shot from the sixth tee during the second round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 29, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 29: Jason Day of Australia plays his shot from the sixth tee during the second round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 29, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 29: (L-R) Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland and Jason Day of Australia walk off the fifth tee during the second round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 29, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 29: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland plays his second shot on the third hole during the second round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 29, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 29: (L-R) Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland and Jason Day of Australia walk off the fifth tee during the second round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 29, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 29: Justin Rose of England plays a shot on the seventh hole during the second round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 29, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 29: Phil Mickelson of the United States plays a shot on the fifth hole during the second round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 29, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 29: Patrick Reed of the United States and caddie Kessler Karain on the seventh hole during the second round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 29, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 29: Zach Johnson of the United States plays his shot from the sixth tee during the second round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 29, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 29: Jimmy Walker of the United States plays his shot from the 11th tee during the second round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 29, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 29: Robert Streb of the United States lines up a putt on the 18th green during the second round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 29, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 29: Robert Streb of the United States reacts on the 18th hole during the second round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 29, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 29: Robert Streb of the United States plays his shot from the 12th tee during the second round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 29, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 29: Justin Rose of England plays a shot on the sixth hole during the second round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 29, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 29: Phil Mickelson of the United States reacts on the third green during the second round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 29, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 29: Phil Mickelson of the United States reacts on the third green during the second round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 29, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Rory McIlroy struggled with his putting at Baltusrol (AP)
Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland talks with caddie JP Fitzgerald on the 15th tee during the first round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 28, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 28: Yuta Ikeda of Japan wipes his face on the third green during the first round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 28, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 28: Matt Jones of Australia plays his shot from the third tee during the first round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 28, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 28: Yuta Ikeda of Japan hits a shot on the fourth hole during the first round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 28, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 28: Jason Day of Australia plays a shot from a bunker on the 18th hole during the first round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 28, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 28: Vaughn Taylor of the United States plays his shot from the third tee during the first round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 28, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 28: Ernie Els of South Africa plays his shot from the tenth tee during the first round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 28, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 28: Phil Mickelson of the United States plays his fourth shot on the 18th hole as fans look on during the first round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 28, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 28: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland plays his shot from the 12th tee during the first round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 28, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 28: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland chips to the 18th green during the first round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 28, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 28: Nicolas Colsaerts of Belgium plays his shot from the 15th tee during the first round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 28, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
Rory McIlroy hits from a sand trap on the 16th hole during the first round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J., Thursday, July 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
Jimmy Walker reacts to his putt on the third hole during the first round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J., Thursday, July 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 28: Jason Day of Australia hits an approach shot on the 18th hole during the first round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 28, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 28: Phil Mickelson of the United States plays his shot from the 18th tee during the first round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 28, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
Rickie Fowler watches his tee shot on the first hole during the first round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J., Thursday, July 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Justin Thomas looks at his putt on the 14th hole during the first round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J., Thursday, July 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 28: Tommy Sharp of the United States plays his shot from the 12th tee during the first round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 28, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 28: Jimmy Walker of the United States reacts to his putt on the seventh green during the first round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 28, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 28: Harris English of the United States waits on the tenth fairway alongside caddie Brian Smith during the first round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 28, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 28: Aaron Baddeley of Australia plays his shot from the sixth tee during the first round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 28, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 28: Emiliano Grillo of Argentina pulls a club on the sixth tee during the first round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 28, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 28: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland plays his shot from the tenth tee during the first round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 28, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 28: Phil Mickelson of the United States watches his second shot on the 17th hole during the first round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 28, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 28: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland hits an approach shot on the 17th hole during the first round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 28, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 28: Phil Mickelson of the United States plays his second shot on the 17th hole during the first round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 28, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 28: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland hits an approach shot on the 17th hole during the first round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 28, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 28: Jimmy Walker of the United States looks on from the sixth hole during the first round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 28, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 28: Bill Haas of the United States lines up a putt on the 15th hole during the first round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 28, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 28: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland reacts on the 15th green during the first round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 28, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 28: Jason Day of Australia lines up his putt on the 17th hole during the first round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 28, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 28: Keegan Bradley of the United States lines up a putt on the 15th green during the first round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 28, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 28: Adam Scott of Australia reacts on the 15th green during the first round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 28, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 28: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland plays a shot from a bunker on the 13th hole during the first round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 28, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 28: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland plays his shot from the 13th tee during the first round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 28, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 28: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland and caddie JP Fitzgerald wait on the 11th hole during the first round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 28, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 28: Brooks Koepka of the United States plays his shot from the 13th tee during the first round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 28, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 28: Rod Perry of the United States plays a shot on the tenth hole during the first round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 28, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 28: Lee Westwood of England plays his shot from the 13th tee during the first round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 28, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 28: (L-R) Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland, Jason Day of Australia and Phil Mickelson of the United States walk off the tenth tee with their caddies during the first round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 28, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 28: Jason Day of Australia plays his shot from the tenth tee during the first round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 28, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 28: Mark Brown of the United States putts on the second green during the first round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 28, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 27: Alex Noren of Sweden, Kristoffer Broberg of Sweden and Ross Fisher of England cross a bridge on a fairway during a practice round prior to the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 27, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 27: Rickie Fowler of the United States waits on a fairway during a practice round prior to the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 27, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 27: Emiliano Grillo of Argentina signs his autograph for fans during a practice round prior to the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 27, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 27: Jhonattan Vegas of Venezuela plays a shot from a bunker during a practice round prior to the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 27, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 27: Emiliano Grillo of Argentina walks across a bridge on the 18th hole during a practice round prior to the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 27, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 27: Darren Clarke of Northern Ireland takes a photo during a practice round prior to the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 27, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 27: Darren Clarke of Northern Ireland takes a photo during a practice round prior to the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club on July 27, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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