Rory McIlroy facing battle to make the cut after two double bogeys at the Memorial Tournament
Rory McIlroy is facing a fight to make it through to the weekend at the Memorial Tournament.
The world number four carded a disappointing three over par 75 on Thursday, among the worst scores of the morning starters at Muirfield Village.
Tiger Woods enjoyed better fortunes, carding three birdies in his last four holes to finish at -2.
The best of the morning starters was Ryan Moore, who shot an impressive seven under par 65, one better than Jordan Spieth.
All had started well for Rory when he birdied the 10th, his first hole of the day. However, it was at the par five 15th that the round began to unravel with his first double thanks to a lost drive and a missed 10 foot putt to add insult to injury.
Rory's opening nine would end at +2 after an unfortunate bogey on the 17th when his approach came off the pin and ricocheted off the green, McIlroy failing to get up and down for par.
A further double would come at the second, Rory's 11th of the day, after a wayward drive, this one erring to the right.
A miserable day would have a positive ending with a birdie at the fifth that got him home at +3.
Belfast Telegraph Digital