Although I think his game will eventually come around, right now, Rory McIlroy’s golf game is a mess. After missing the cut at The BMW Masters last week at The Wentworth Club, he has followed with a +6 over par performance for the first round of The Memorial on Thursday. If he doesn’t play a bunch better today, he will miss consecutive cuts. His golf game is in terrible shape as we approach the US Open.
Most of the golf announcers will always tell you, “you can’t win a golf tournament on Thursday, but you can definitely lose one”. Unless Rory McIlroy finds something quickly, he will be on another two-week vacation prior to the US Open in two weeks. His opening round 78 produced two birdies, a bunch of bogeys, and a double at the par three 12th hold.
Rory just isn’t making putts right now. I think Trevor Reaske, a Staff Writer at Pro Golf Now, has the right idea here. Rory has always sprayed the golf ball around the golf course, but when he is winning golf tournaments, his putter is working, Right now, his putter is not doing it’s job, and is not bailing him out.
Tiger Woods did the one thing on Thursday he normally doesn’t do at Muirfield Village. He went even par on the par fives. In fact, he bogeyed the 15th in the first round of the Memorial, which is giving two shots back to the field. Tiger shot -1 under 71 on opening day, and will play early on Friday.
Stacy Lewis leads a large field of LPGA players into New Jersey for the start of The ShopRite Classic which tees off today for a rare 54 hole event. The number two ranked Lewis will attempt to defend her 2102 title. 23 year-old Lizette Salas is still looking for her first win on the LPGA Tour as the season moves into the summer. She had some close calls at the Kraft Nabisco Championship, and The LOTTE Championship in Hawaii, but has yet to secure her status on the tour. She will be looking for that success this weekend.
Who would have thought 53-year-old Fred Couples would sign the lowest scorecard in this group, but he did. Couples gave the youngsters a lesson on Thursday at The Memorial by shooting a -2 under par 70 in the first round. Both Keegan Bradley, and Tiger Woods shot 71, and were beaten by the veteran by one stroke.
With a win at the European Tour’s BMW PGA Championship last week and a share of the first-round lead at the Nordea Masters, Matteo Manassero is peaking at the best possible time ahead of the 2013 U.S. Open.
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