Rory McIlroy Surges To One Shot Off The Masters Lead After Two Days


All eyes have been on Oakley’s Rory McIlroy this year at Augusta National. Following last years disappointing final day at The Masters, young McIlroy is looking for redemption in the only way he knows how: earning the green jacket that eluded him.

The 22-year-old Northern Ireland native laid down the foundation on day one, shooting a one under, 71. Bouncing back from a scary first hole, which he double-bogied, McIlroy recorded birdies on the second, eighth, and ninth holes. Struggling initially on the back nine, he finished the day strong, birdying 17 and 18. Entering the clubhouse tied for fifth place, four shots behind leader Lee Westwood, McIlroy was in a comfortable position to pounce on day two. And pounce he did.

On a day that was hindered by some fairly chilly and breezy conditions, McIlroy began his attack on the front nine, shooting three under par, birdying holes three, four and seven. After giving up a stroke on the tenth hole, he snuck up behind Westwood, who double bogied the final hole on day two. McIlroy played well on the back nine, gaining strokes on thirteen and fifteen to end the day four under, tied for third place. McIlroy joined first round leader Lee Westwood, Bubba Watson, Sergio Garcia and Louis Oosthuizen in a tie for third, one stroke behind leaders Jason Dufner and Fred Couples.

Although the conditions continue to be soggy and chilly, Rory McIlroy is heating up at the right time. Congratulations to Rory on a great day two and best of luck the rest of the weekend. We know you look good in green and we’d love to see it come Sunday!


John Ohail


April 06, 2012