Six, six, six proves devilishly frustrating for McIlroy

Fri Apr 11, 2014 8:49pm EDT
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By Tony Jimenez

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) - Three sixes proved devilishly irritating for Rory McIlroy in the second round as the world number nine survived the halfway cut at the Masters on Friday by the skin of his teeth.

The 24-year-old Northern Irishman had sixes at the second, 10th and 13th holes and needed to roll in a par-saving six-foot putt at the last for a five-over 77 and a four-under total of 148, qualifying for the weekend by one solitary stroke.

"That was very frustrating," McIlroy told reporters at Augusta National. "I really couldn't get anything to go my way.

"I didn't know if it was going to be a 10-shot rule that was going to come into play," he added after winding up 11 strokes adrift of tournament leader Bubba Watson of the United States.

"It is a bit of a sigh of relief that I'm here for the weekend."

Twice major winner McIlroy had to contend with a bad break at the par-five 13th when his ball took a kangaroo-style leap off a sprinkler at the back of the green and finished deep in the azaleas.

"I've seen a lot of this golf course in the last few years," he said, referring to the calamitous 80 he shot in 2011 after going into the last round holding a four-stroke lead.

"Yeah, it was a bad shot on 13. I didn't quite deserve that though, hitting the sprinkler."   Continued...

Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy hits from the azaleas on the 13th hole during the second round of the Masters golf tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia April 11, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Blake