Rory rues putting woes in missed cut

SAN FRANCISCO • Four-time Major winner Rory McIlroy opted to focus on the positives after missing the 54-hole cut at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

Putting troubles derailed the Northern Irishman, whose even-par 72 on Saturday left him one-under for the tournament (214) and outside the cut line by two strokes.

"I hit some really good shots," he said. "I let the greens yesterday get into my head and it was hard to get out of that mindset."

McIlroy, who four-putted from six feet on Friday, mixed five birdies with five bogeys in the third round.

World No. 1 Dustin Johnson grabbed a share of the lead on 14-under 201 with Ted Potter Jr after rolling in a 10-foot birdie putt at the par-five 18th.

The American fired an eagle and four birdies in his two-under 70 at Pebble Beach Golf Links, one of three courses in use for the first three rounds of the PGA Tour event.

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  • Shots Rory McIlroy missed the cut at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

He missed a chance to put some distance between himself and the pack when he negotiated the inward half in two-over, but seemed unfazed.

"I got off to a really good start," said Johnson, a winner at Pebble Beach in 2009 and 2010.

"Even played pretty well on the back nine, had a lot of good looks at some nice birdies and hit good putts that just didn't go in.

"The couple of bogeys that I made were kind of just poor. The wind was a little bit tricky and I just got on the wrong side of the holes."

Potter was chasing history at the par-71 Monterey Peninsula layout, where he teed off on the 10th hole and played his first seven holes in seven-under with five birdies and an eagle.

He added four more birdies after the turn to seize the solo lead and take his total for the round to 11-under. He needed one more birdie to post just the 10th sub-60 round ever on the PGA Tour. But he closed with back-to-back bogeys to settle for a 62.

Two strokes back are Australian Jason Day (69) and American Troy Merritt (69).

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, REUTERS

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 12, 2018, with the headline 'Rory rues putting woes in missed cut'. Print Edition | Subscribe