McIlroy may not be singing in rain but outlook is improving

Fri May 23, 2014 11:10am EDT
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By Tony Jimenez

VIRGINIA WATER England (Reuters) - Winds gusted at up to 29kph and spectators sought to avoid the driving rain at every opportunity but a sopping wet West Course at Wentworth provided a golfing sanctuary for Rory McIlroy on Friday.

The Northern Irishman, still hurting after scrapping his planned wedding to Danish tennis player Caroline Wozniacki, posted a one-under-par 71 in the BMW PGA Championship second round to finish in a challenging position on five-under 139.

"Once you get inside the ropes you're concentrating on your golf and it's almost like four or five hours of a release to get everything out of your head apart from doing the job at hand," McIlroy told reporters at the European Tour's flagship event.

"It's nice. It's the hours in the day when you're away from it that are probably a little more difficult - you can't let your mind wander at all when you're trying to win a golf tournament."

McIlroy did not make the best of starts, mixing two bogeys and a double bogey with a solitary birdie in the opening seven holes.

The world number 10, though, eagled the par-five 12th for the second successive day before rebounding from a dropped stroke at the 13th with a dynamic sequence of three birdies in the last four holes.

"Even the way the conditions were, three‑over after seven wasn't great but it wasn't disastrous," said McIlroy.

"I knew I had some chances coming on the back nine. It's sort of been a characteristic of my game for the last few weeks and I knew that I would be okay."   Continued...

May 4, 2014; Charlotte, NC, USA; Rory McIlroy tees off on the fourth hole during the final round of the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Club. Mandatory Credit: Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports