Rory McIlroy missed the reduce by three pictures after the storm-affected second spherical of the Players Championship got here to a belated finish on Saturday.
McIlroy’s destiny appeared clear after he adopted his depressing opening spherical of 76 with a 73 on Friday, and it was confirmed because the reduce was made at two over par as soon as the ultimate finishers had reached the clubhouse on Saturday morning.
“It was just very blah,” stated McIlroy on pgatour.com. “I guess the course, you just have to be really on to play well here.
“If you’re a little off, it definitely magnifies where you are off. It’s a bit of an enigma. Some years I come here and it feels easier than others.”
It was the primary time McIlroy had missed the reduce since failing to make the weekend on the FedEx St. Jude Championship final August, and he admitted he discovered the course troublesome to grasp.
He stated: “It’s just a tricky golf course, you don’t hit fairways and you’ve got your work cut out for you.
“I was just a little untidy here and there. In fairness I’ve been maybe trying to push the driver a bit too much up the fairway here rather than just taking a couple of clubs less and hitting 5-wood or 3-wood or 2-iron or whatever it is.”
Canadian Adam Svensson will begin the third spherical with a two-shot lead over reigning Masters champion Scottie Scheffler after a birdie on the 18th noticed him signal for a second spherical of 67.
Ben Griffin adopted his opening 67 with a second spherical of 71 to drop again into four-way tie for third alongside Min Woo Lee, Christiaan Bezuidenhout and Collin Morikawa.
Aaron Rai moved up 51 locations to a share of twentieth with a second spherical of 69, shifting degree with each Tommy Fleetwood and Justin Rose as the very best positioned Englishmen on the leaderboard.