CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Rory McIlroy, whose best competitive round as a professional was a 62 on Sunday at the 2010 Wells Fargo Championship, calmly rolled in a 7 footer for birdie at the 13th hole on Saturday at Quail Hollow Club and quickly did the math.
“Fifty-nine was in my mind as soon as the putt dropped on 13,” McIlroy said.
The way McIlroy had it figured he had two chances for eagle at the 14th hole, a drivable par 4, and No. 15, a par 5. The world No. 1 birdied those holes and added another at the 16th hole before his tee shot drifted well right of the pin at No. 17 and he missed the 39 footer for birdie.
“If I could take any shot back today it was that 7-iron on 17,” he said. “I just bailed out right.”
McIlroy said he’s been close to shooting 59 before, most recently at The Bear’s Club in south Florida just prior to this year’s Masters when he left a 30 footer for birdie at the last short of the hole.