After Sheshan International yielded a bevy of low scores during the opening round of the WGC-HSBC Champions, windy conditions sent players' scores soaring during the second round. Rory McIlroy was no exception.
McIlroy was four shots worse in Round 2, carding an even-par 72 that left him tied for 27th and 10 shots behind leader Kevin Kisner heading into the weekend.
"It was a bit of a more difficult day, but I think with the way the course is and how soft it is, there's definitely still scores out there," McIlroy said. "I didn't play very well today. I was just a bit flat out there."
McIlroy entered off a T-6 finish in Turkey where he contended through 54 holes before struggling during the final round. Friday he birdied two of his first five holes and stood at 6 under for the week heading into the back nine, but he came home in 2-over 38 including bogeys on two of the shortest par-4s on the course.
After the round, McIlroy agreed with the notion that his recent play is a bit of a microcosm of his entire season, having won three times by June only to be derailed by injury the following month.
"To sum up my year, it's been a little bit like that. I feel I've taken a couple of good steps forward and I'll knock back a bit and try to get going again," he said. "That does feel how the year's went for me a little bit, but as I've kept saying, try to end this year on a high note and play well over the weekend here and try and play well in Dubai."
McIlroy has been battling food poisoning throughout the week in China, skipping Wednesday's pro-am and reportedly losing 10 pounds before the tournament even began. While he has started to feel better in the subsequent days, the Ulsterman has not fully recovered from the ordeal.
"I wouldn't say I'm 100 percent," he said. "I struggled to hit balls today on the range, get a few cramps in the stomach. But I took a couple of tablets and it sort of went away as I went through the round. Still not 100 percent, but I'm getting there."