Rory and Tiger Stumble in Dubai
By Torleif Sorenson on 2/4/14
Rory McIlroy's comeback from oblivion hit a speed bump this past week at the European Tour's Omega Dubai Desert Classic. On Thursday, the "Holywood Matinee Idol" shot a blistering 63, then overcame a stomach illness to stay in the lead with a 70 on Friday. A 3-under 69 on Saturday still put him on the top page of the leaderboard.
And then on Sunday, he bogeyed the par-3 7th hole. Still, two pars at 8 and 9 had him at the top, but then he bogeyed the par-5 10th, birdied the par-3 11th, and then bogeyed 12 and 13. At that point, he was cooked:
"Yeah, a frustrating day. The course played so much more differently than the last couple of days. The greens were a little firmer. I actually played the front nine [and] I felt pretty solid. And then... two bogeys on the par-5s on the back nine were not what I was looking for. I didn't get the ball close, didn't make any putts."Rory finished T-9, four shots adrift.
Tiger Woods had an even rougher time in Dubai, he shot 68-73-70-71 to finish T-41.
Oh, by the way, 39-year-old Stephen Gallacher won the tournament for the second straight year.
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