McIlroy slumps at BMW PGA Championship

Matt Wallace has shot flawless opening 65 to enjoy a one-shot lead at the BMW PGA Championship, while Rory McIlroy is already 11 shots back.

20-Sep-2019 By Australian Associated Press
  • Gol_EPGA_16-9_17169618_1968724_20190920030956f9a8f44f-2a26-405d-a3cb-f01a5c7c1920.jpg_sd_1280x720.jpg

Rory McIlroy has carded six bogeys and a double bogey in his last 11 holes to shoot four-over 76 at the BMW PGA Championship, leaving the world No. 2 already 11 strokes off the first-round lead held by Matt Wallace.

McIlroy's round fell apart after his birdie on the fifth hole that followed an eagle at the fourth, as he shot 42 in his back nine in glorious conditions at the Wentworth Club, southwest of London, on Thursday.

One over for his round arriving at the 17th tee, he pulled his drive and wound up making a double-bogey.

Another wayward drive led to a bogey at the 18th and he didn't talk to reporters after his round.

Wallace didn't drop a shot in his 65, also making eagle on the fourth to add to birdies at on the first, fifth and sixth.

The Englishman rolled in two more birdies coming home.

"I played the first seven or eight holes as good as I possibly could and showed my all-round game by grinding out the last few holes," Wallace said.

Henrik Stenson was a stroke behind Wallace after a round of 66 that included an eagle on the 18th from a putt from off the green that took a horrible early bounce but still found the cup.

Fellow Ryder Cup player Jon Rahm joined Stenson in a tie for second place after birdying four of his last five holes.

Paul Casey headed to the par-5 last hole on six-under, too, but made double-bogey to post a 68.

World No.4 Justin Rose recovered from a knee injury in time to start the tournament, which is staged at the headquarters of the European Tour, and birdied the 18th for a 67.

Australian Jason Scrivener is six shots off the lead after mixing three birdies with two bogeys in his opening round 71.

Compatriot Scott Hend made par while fellow Australians Wade Ormsby and Lucas Herbert are battling to make the cut, sitting on two and three-over, respectively.

It is the first qualifying event for the European team for the 2020 Ryder Cup.


Add a comment

Title Notify Website Updates

Subscribe to receive updates and new posts via email