Hard slog for McIlroy at British Open

Rory McIlroy
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Rory McIlroy had a tough second round and is now well back of the leaders.
Associated Press

Series: News Feature

Published: Friday, July 20, 2012 | 11:36 a.m.

LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England (AP) -- Spraying drives left, right and straight into water-filled bunkers, it was another hard slog for Rory McIlroy at the British Open on Friday.

On a course that demands accuracy off the tee, McIlroy struggled to find a fairway in shooting a 5-under 75 that leaves him on 3-over 142 -- 13 strokes off the second-round lead.

He couldn't be further from the McIlroy who wowed the world of golf with his 8-shot victory at last year's U.S. Open.

The No. 2-ranked McIlroy says "it's just not quite happening."

McIlroy broke out a smile when he shook hands post-round with the teenage spectator he struck on the head with a tee shot in his first round. He provided a hotel room for the teen and money for a meal on Thursday.


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