McIlroy plays without 3-iron, knows what's wrong

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DORAL, Fla. – Rory McIlroy said after a third-round 72 at the WGC-Cadillac Championship that he continues to make progress in his game, but there are still pieces that haven’t fallen into place.

“I know exactly what it is. It's just a predominately left-to-right ball flight, and I've been struggling in left-to-right winds, like on the last hole there, to try to turn it back into [the wind], which I usually am so comfortable doing,” said McIlroy, who was tied for 12th place, 10 shots behind front-runner J.B. Holmes.

“So that's all it is.”


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The statistics back up the world No. 1’s assessment; he ranks 25th out of 73 in greens in regulation, but then again he did play with a self-imposed handicap on Saturday.

After throwing his 3-iron into a lake following a rinsed second shot on the par-5 eighth hole on Friday, McIlroy said he only played with 13 clubs on Day 3.

“Didn’t need it,” said McIlroy, who was shipped a new 3-iron by Nike Golf on Friday. “I looked where the pin positions were and where the tees were and I didn't need a 3 iron and I felt good with the wedges that I have in the bag this week. I just went with what I had.”

McIlroy couldn’t remember ever playing one club short in a tournament round and said on Friday he added the 3-iron to his bag because of Doral’s length, trading out one of his four wedges for the week.

Late Saturday afternoon, a diver fished McIlroy’s 3-iron out of the water.