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Rory unravels as nightmare five-putt leaves him well adrift

 

By Phil Casey

Rory McIlroy's second round at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am descended into a nightmare when he produced a five-putt on the par-four fifth at Monterey Peninsula.

McIlroy's hopes of tasting victory nosedived after a poor second round yesterday and that shocking putting display which turned a potential eagle chance in to an ugly double-bogey proved costly.

Under par for the day and within four shots of the lead after beginning on the back nine, the 28-year-old almost drove the green with his tee shot and finished just short of the front edge.

McIlroy elected to putt from distance from off the putting surface and saw his eagle attempt run six feet past, only for his hole to quickly unravel in the space of a couple of minutes.

With father Gerry watching on, McIlroy raced his birdie effort past the edge and three feet past the hole but elected against re-marking his ball before making his next attempt.

His rushed par-save attempt ended up further past the hole than his original birdie attempt, with McIlroy requiring another two putts - taking his tally to four from inside six feet - to eventually nudge in a double-bogey six.

McIlroy was three shots off the pace after carding an opening round of four under 68 but his tournament debut soon turned sour.

As the four-time major winner stepped off the course he was tied 85th after signing for a 74 and a one under par total.

As American Beau Hossler, a PGA Tour rookie, and Dustin Johnson lead the charge on 11 under during their second rounds, McIlroy found himself well off the pace.

Phil Mickelson was in the clubhouse on nine under par while Shane Lowry is three under after a second round 73.

Graeme McDowell, who shot an opening round one-under 71, slipped to two over par through 12 holes.

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