McIlroy struggles to maintain focus amid constant delays

Sat Nov 10, 2012 12:34am EST
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By John O'Brien

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Rory McIlroy has girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki for company at the Singapore Open this week and while the world number one is happy to be spending more time with her, the Briton admits the constant rain delays are becoming frustrating.

After three lengthy weather disruptions on the opening two days, McIlroy returned to the course at the crack of dawn for a second time on Saturday to complete a one-under 70 that left him five shots off the clubhouse leaders at two-under for the event.

The stop-start nature of the $6 million tournament has been a constant cause of frustration for players, fans and the organizers but apart from dropping three shots in three holes early in his second round, McIlroy has played solid golf to remain in contention.

"The course is not easy but especially having to go out and come back in. It's been a frustrating few days," McIlroy told reporters at the European and Asian Tour co-sanctioned event.

"Obviously it would be nice to play a nice stretch of golf and not have to stop and start all the time but that's just the way it is and I have to deal with it but I'm pretty pleased with my two-under.

"It definitely could have been a bit better. My putting hasn't been as sharp as it usually is so I feel like if I can throw in a few more putts, the score would be better for me."


Any further rain delays could force organizers to reduce the event to 54 holes, meaning McIlroy would have a mountain to climb to even claim a top-three finish that would ensure he won the European Tour order of merit with two events to spare.   Continued...

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland and girlfriend tennis player Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark ride in a buggy after the rain-delayed second round of the Barclays Singapore Open golf tournament in Sentosa November 10, 2012. REUTERS/Edgar Su