McIlroy in likely hot water after tossing club

Fri Mar 6, 2015 6:27pm EST
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(Reuters) - World number one Rory McIlroy earned himself a likely fine by the PGA Tour after losing his cool and hurling a club into a water hazard during an adventurous second round at the WGC-Cadillac Championship in Miami on Friday.

After pulling his second shot at the par-five eighth into a pond framing the left side of the hole, the Northern Irishman threw his three-iron boomerang-style into the water.

He ended up with a bogey there after taking a penalty drop, hitting his fourth shot on to the green and two-putting for a six.

The four-times major winner was level par for the day at that point and went on to card a two-under 70 on the challenging Blue Monster course at the Trump National Doral Resort.

"Frustration got the better of me," McIlroy told Golf Channel about his club toss after posting a one-under total of 143 in tricky scoring conditions. "I've been sort of fighting that miss (to the left) basically for the last couple of weeks.

"It wasn't something that I would encourage anyone to do. I wouldn't encourage kids to do it if they were watching on television. It wasn't very role modelish of me.

"It felt good at the time but right now I regret it. I walked away with a bogey but was able to re-group and shoot a decent score."

McIlroy, who missed the cut at last week's Honda Classic in his first PGA Tour start of the year, mixed six birdies with four bogeys for a roller-coaster round, ending the day eight shots off the lead.

"Mentally it was a bit of a grind," said the 25-year-old, who won his fifth European Tour title at the Dubai Desert Classic last month. "I was getting frustrated at times.   Continued...

Mar 5, 2015; Miami, FL, USA; Rory McIlroy hits his tee shot on the twelfth hole during the first round of the WGC - Cadillac Championship golf tournament at TPC Blue Monster at Trump National Doral. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY