Rory McIlroy's over his dumb accident
Rory McIlroy was a relieved young man in Miami yesterday after a training mishap appeared to be having no lasting impact.
McIlroy completed a first round 68 at the WGC-Cadillac Championship after dropping a 22-kilo dumb-bell on his big right toe.
“It's sore, but it's fine,” he said. “I was just putting it back on the rack and it just slipped off.
“I will lose a nail, but I've been icing it and it doesn't feel too bad.”
McIlroy's round left him four behind pacesetter Hunter Mahan as the 66-strong field returned to the Blue Monster course for the second round.
But Phil Mickelson had a shocking return and, by dropping three shots in two holes, fell nine behind.
Mahan, seven under par overnight, had two birdies and a bogey in his remaining seven holes to post an eight-under 64.
His lead slipped from two to one, however, as Japan's Ryo Ishikawa birdied the 15th and 17th.
World number one Martin Kaymer was in third place after a 66, but Luke Donald three-putted the last and slipped into the group on five under.
Lee Westwood birdied the 18th but only for a 70 after he had bogeyed the 12th, 13th and 15th.
That put Westwood alongside Tiger Woods and Graeme McDowell just outside the top 20 but Mickelson left himself a mountain to climb.
After bogeying the 7th Mickelson drove into the water next and ran up a double-bogey seven.