Hissy fit by Rory McIlroy leaves his iron bent out of shape
BY HERB GOULD email@example.com June 16, 2013 9:35PM
Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, reacts after putting on the second hole during the fourth round of the U.S. Open golf tournament at Merion Golf Club, Sunday, June 16, 2013, in Ardmore, Pa. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
Updated: June 16, 2013 10:13PM
ARDMORE, Pa. — After dropping two tee shots into Cobbs Creek, which guards the 11th green, on Sunday, Rory McIlroy bent his offending iron in frustration, rendering it useless.
When the world’s second-ranked player can become that irritated, even though his chances of making any noise in the U.S. Open are long gone, that’s a statement.
“What you don’t want to do as a golfer is follow one mistake with another, and that’s what I did,’’ said McIlroy, who took an eight on the tantalizing 367-yard par-four.
“Obviously, I got a bit frustrated. That’s what this tournament does to you.’’
McIlroy shot a final-round 76, finishing 14 over par, tied for 41st.
A final-round 74 left Tiger Woods 13 over par, his worst U.S. Open finish as a professional. The world’s top-ranked player kept his disappointment in perspective, though.
“It was a good week overall,’’ said Woods, who tied for 32nd. “I’m sorry the golf wasn’t what I would like to have. But it was a fantastic atmosphere. There weren’t as many people as some U.S. Open sites, but this was more intimate. People were very close to you.’’
After notching a rare U.S. Open hole-in-one on No. 17, Shawn Stefani bent down and kissed the rough just left of the green, where his ball bounced before rolling across the green and into the hole.
“[Philadelphia fans] can be tough on you and they can love you forever,’’ Stefani said. “So I’m sure they appreciated me going to the ground and kissing it.’’