The majority of individuals are counting down the minutes till the weekend arrives.
Unless they’re competing in Orlando’s Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill Club & Lodge.
“To be honest, I’m punch drunk,” Rory McIlroy remarked after wrapping off play on Sunday with a 4-over-par 76. That was the identical score he had in the third round on Saturday, when heavy winds made the course very hard, the rough stayed awful, and the greens became slick.
McIlroy, who won the 2018 Arnold Palmer Invitational with rounds of 67-64 over the weekend, had a 65 in the first round and followed it up with a 72 in the second. However, things quickly spiraled out of control — once again.
“The weekend is just wild golf,” said McIlroy, who ended in a tie for 13th place at 1 over par. The Northern Irishman wasn’t the only one who struggled at Bay Hill; the final round field average was over 75. Scottie Scheffler won his second PGA Tour victory, finishing at 5 under par, the first single-digit winner on the PGA Tour since Jon Rahm won the United States Open in 2021.
McIlroy remarked, “You just don’t get rewarded for solid shots.” “Like I’m venting and frustrated and anything.” I believe the dissatisfaction stems from the fact that it’s a carbon duplicate of what’s transpired in the last three years here. I got off to a fantastic start. Conditions deteriorated a little on Friday afternoon.
“Then it was more of the same over the weekend.”
“So it’s been three years in a row of starting out strong, leading the golf tournament, then regressing and returning to the field each and every day.” Yes, it is aggravating. It’s difficult to maintain your patience out there.
“The Players Championship on Pete Dye’s diabolical Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach is next for McIlroy and the game’s elite players. Florida. McIlroy will make every effort to forget about the Bay Hill weekend.
“It makes you feel like you’re not playing as well as you are because of the conditions,” he remarked. “It’s as if I’m a good player.” I’m having success with my shots. I have a good swing with the club. I’m chipping away nicely. I’m doing a good job. However, when the circumstances are like this, it can shake your confidence.
“I’m definitely playing better than I was over the weekend when I shot 8 over.” It’s only a matter of regrouping and forgetting about this week, because next week’s test will be completely different.
“All I need is a day off tomorrow to forget about the events of this week.”