Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 31 August 2014

Rory McIlroy is on the ropes

Breaking point: Rory McIlroy shows his frustration after failing to hit out of a greenside bunker on the 10th hole

Rory McIlroy faces an uphill struggle to make the cut at the PGA Championship after he collapsed to five over at Wentworth.

While Gareth Maybin carded a three-under 68 to lie three shots off the clubhouse pace, the Holywood star failed to sparkle.

Despite clinching a stunning first US Tour win in the Quail Hollow Championship earlier this month, McIlroy failed to get in his stride as he dropped shots on the second, third and fifth before carding a double bogey at the 10th.

The 21-year-old fought back to hit birdies on the 16th and 17th to sign for a 74 but he remains in danger of missing tonight’s cut.

Maybin was three under at the turn and finished on that mark after birdies on the last two holes, while Graeme McDowell shot a 70. Darren Clarke carded a 75 while Michael Hoey is four over.

Former English Amateur champion Danny Willett has a one-shot lead. The 22-year-old shot a six-under 65 to head Australian Richard Green, with England's Ross Fisher and Steve Webster and Scot Richie Ramsay at four under.

Meanwhile, Denmark's Soren Hansen, who hit 72, has been fined more than £925,000 for inadvertent tax evasion by a Copenhagen court and must also repay over £910,000 in unpaid taxes from 2002 to 2006.

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