PALM BEACH GARDENS, FLORIDA | The frustration turned to anger, which then morphed to uncharacteristic petulance. Rory McIlroy had a little fit after his opening round of 2-over 72 at the Honda Classic. Nothing too untoward but he did bury the head of his putter into the soft turf between the ninth green and the scoring area, a perfect encapsulation of McIlroy’s short-game woes this season.
He declined to comment on any portion of his round that afternoon, which was understandable. He’d shot 75 the previous Sunday at Riviera when he was in contention at the Northern Trust Open and he’d had yet another maddening day on the greens at PGA National. He had also given a full-blown press conference on Wednesday where he was open and honest about his up-and-down history at the Honda Classic.
“I think it’s me,” he said. “It’s one of those golf courses that if you’re slightly off, it can really magnify your misses and it can make you feel as if you’re playing worse than what you actually are.”
Three-putts, short misses and a couple of errant shots.