Rory McIlroy at WGC-Cadillac Championship 2014: Daily Score, Leaderboard Updates
Rory McIlroy has gotten off to a red-hot start to the 2014 season, but he is still looking for his first tournament win.
The 24-year-old star has finished in 11th place or better in each of his three match-play events. This is a vast improvement from last season's disaster where he could not win a single event and only totaled five top-10 finishes.
However, the former No. 1 player should have been disappointed with his recent second-place result at the Honda Classic. McIlroy led after each of the first three days, but shot four strokes over par on Sunday to ensure a playoff, which he lost to Russell Henley.
Still, the young player was able to look at the positives after the week, telling Sky Sports:
It was disappointing I didn't get the win, but if I look at the week as a whole there were so many things I did positive. I was up there in the putting stats, drove the ball well again. I just didn't play my best golf down the stretch under pressure when I needed to and that was the bottom line.
I can take positives from the week and I've played a practice round here (at Doral) and I'm still playing well, hitting it well and I feel confident I can get myself back in a position to win this week.
This week, McIlroy will face an even tougher field at Doral in the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship. With $1,530,000 on the line for the winner, you can be certain all the big names in the sport will be in attendance and ready to win.
Still, the Northern Irish player has as much momentum heading into this tournament as anyone in the field and he should be a top name to watch throughout the weekend.
Follow along with this tracker to get round-by-round updates of McIlroy through all four days in Miami.
Round 4 Recap
After an eventful Friday and Saturday, Rory McIlroy's round calmed down a bit on Sunday. Still, with a 74 (+2) that saw him birdie just one hole, McIlroy finished the tournament tied for 25th with an overall score of +5.
McIlroy began his day on a high note with a birdie on the par-5 first, but the rest of his round would prove difficult. After pars on the next seven holes, a bogey on the ninth set McIlroy back to three over-par for the tournament.
That set the tone for the back nine, where McIlroy bogeyed the 14th and 18th holes, never seriously threatening a move into the top 10. Though it was encouraging not to see so many mistakes after five bogeys and three double-bogeys over the previous two rounds, it's clear McIlroy's game is not where it needs to be ahead of the Masters.
McIlroy was not the only player to struggle, as many near the top of the leaderboard fell off the pace on Sunday. After shooting arguably his best round of the season, Tiger Woods faded with a 78 that saw him finish in the same position as McIlroy. In addition, Hunter Mahan and Jason Dufner both shot 76 to fall out of contention.
If there's a silver lining, the main storyline will be Patrick Reed becoming the youngest winner of a World Golf Championship, unlike last week for McIlroy. His Doral performance was certainly not what he hoped for coming off his Honda Classic collapse, but McIlroy will have an opportunity to rebound at the Shell Houston Open, which starts on April 3.
Below is the final leaderboard for the WGC event:
|Pos.||Golfer||Score||Round 1||Round 2||Round 3||Round 4||Final|
Round 3 Recap
Rory’s game continued to spiral. The first 10 holes were absolutely dreadful.
After three rounds at the TPC Blue Monster at Doral in Miami, Fla., McIlroy was tied for 19th at plus-three overall after shooting a plus-three 75 on Saturday.
Heading into the 11th hole, McIlroy was four over par.
He double bogeyed on the eight and 10th holes. Thankfully, he did manage a birdie on the second, sixth and 18th hole.
McIlroy’s day paled in comparison to Tiger Woods’ resurgent performance. Woods and McIlroy are the two most popular players on the PGA Tour. Their rounds will always take center stage.
Jason Gobel of the Golf Channel talked about how hard it would have been to predict this outcome coming in.
Woods had been struggling mightily, but after a six-under 66, he is tied for fourth. He is three strokes behind Patrick Reed.
McIlroy’s chances to make a move are about dead. Even though an eight shot lead is not entirely insurmountable, but Rory’s confidence can’t be very high right now.
He’s struggled at Doral and he’s coming off a choking performance at the Honda Classic. His best bet is trying to finish on a high note.
Here's a look at the top of the leaderboard.
|Pos.||Golfer||Score||Round 1||Round 2||Round 3|
Finish of Round 1
McIlroy and the rest of the golfers who were unable to complete the opening round on Thursday due to the weather delay restarted the round at 8:45 a.m. ET. For the world's sixth-ranked golfer that meant an approach shot from the fairway at No. 6.
It was the start of an eventful four-hole stretch for the Northern Irishman. He had only one par during the closing holes (he started on the back nine in Round 1) to go along with a pair of birdies and a bogey to finish the round with a 2-under 70.
The bogey came on the ninth. He missed the green on the par three and couldn't convert his mid-range look for par. If he could have escaped with a par he would have left the course with a share of the lead, but was instead one stroke off the pace in a tie for eighth.
That's still an acceptable result for McIlroy. He didn't play his best golf during either phase of the first round and didn't fall out of contention. If he can elevate his level of play starting in the second round, he'll be in the mix once again on Sunday after failing to capitalize on an opportunity to win last week.
The biggest key for him in the second round is continuing to take advantage of the par fives. He birdied all four of them during the first round and played two-over golf on the other holes. If he keeps taking advantage of those long holes and improves slightly elsewhere, he'll be in great shape for the weekend.
Finish of Round 2
After what was a difficult day for everybody at Doral, Rory McIlroy remains right in the thick of things thru two rounds. He posted a two-over 74 on Friday, moving to even par for the Cadillac Championship and into a tie for fifth.
Here's a look at the rest of the top 10. You can see the full leaderboard on WorldGolfChampionships.com.
|Pos.||Golfer||Score||Round 1||Round 2|
As Golf Channel's Kelly Tilghman correctly pointed out, the high scores belie that this is some upside down tournament. You have to put the scores in relation to one another. Yes McIlroy is at even par and shot a two over on Friday, he's only two strokes back from the lead.
The course was a nightmare for everyone. After the second round, Ian Poulter said, per The Guardian's Ewan Murray. "It was unbelievably difficult to put the ball in play and unbelievably difficult to get it round the golf course," he said. "It was just about survival."
McIlroy was having all kinds of trouble on the front nine. A bogey on No. 1 set the tone for what was a terrible start. He would bogey the fourth hole and double-bogey the seventh.
The 24-year-old recovered well on the back nine, though. He birdied 11 and 13 before bogeying 14. A birdie on 16 got him back to even par for the tournament.
McIlroy was clearly below his best on Friday, yet he remains within shouting distance of the leaders. Although he has a bad reputation when it comes to closing out tournaments, the Northern Irishman should take solace in the fact that he hasn't played all that well thru the first two days, but he's still poised to make a major run on the weekend.
Poor weather shortened the first round of play at the Cadillac Championship, but Rory McIlroy still had an eventful first day at Doral. He ended his day one stroke under par through 14 holes before play was suspended due to darkness.
This result puts him just two strokes off the lead, tied for 13th place with six other players.
Here is a look at the current leaderboard, courtesy of WorldGolfChampionships.com:
|T1||Jason Dufner||-3||Thru 16|
|T1||Hunter Mahan||-3||Thru 14|
|T1||Francesco Molinari||-3||Thru 13|
|T1||Patrick Reed||-3||Thru 11|
|T6||Russell Henley||-2||Thru 15|
|T6||Charl Schwartzel||-2||Thru 15|
|T6||Dustin Johnson||-2||Thru 15|
|T6||Matt Kuchar||-2||Thru 15|
|T6||Louis Oosthuizen||-2||Thru 13|
|T6||Zach Johnson||-2||Thru 11|
|T6||Adam Scott||-2||Thru 10|
Beginning on the 10th hole, McIlroy got out to as good of a start as he could have imagined with three birdies on the first four holes.
He was excellent with his approach shots on the first three holes, but his best shot came on No. 13. On his second shot of the hole, he hit a 54-foot putt for birdie, as seen in the video above.
Things did not go as smoothly on the 14th hole as McIroy found himself in two different bunkers before settling for a bogey. Thankfully, he was able to get that stroke back by scoring another birdie on the par-three 15th.
While he was on the leaderboard at this stage at three under, this is where things started going south. He needed a three-putt on 17 and hit it into the water on 18 to card a 35 in his first nine holes.
There was less excitement on the front nine, but he had a birdie and a bogey to sit at one under going into Friday.
Overall, McIlroy finished with five pars, five birdies and four bogeys in an up-and-down day. He only hit 36.36 percent of greens, something that he must improve if he wants to get back into contention over the next three days.
Play will resume at 8:45 a.m. ET with McIlroy starting on the sixth hole. He will then tee off his second round at 11:44 a.m. ET.