McIlroy says second-round 78 'not disastrous'


DUBLIN, Ohio – Although he was 15 shots worse Friday at the Memorial, Rory McIlroy said after his second-round 78 that he was still confident with his play and his ailing knee.

McIlroy’s round dropped him out of the lead and into a tie for 15th place, but he was still within five strokes of the early lead.

“It’s not disastrous,” he said. “I’m still hitting a lot of good shots.”

The Ulsterman opened his round with a bogey, added three consecutive double bogeys at Nos. 13 through 15, which included hitting three trees on the 13th, and turned in 43.

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He managed to play the closing nine in 1 under par to salvage the day despite being diagnosed with a strained medial collateral ligament in his left leg on Thursday.

McIlroy tweaked his knee on the seventh hole on Thursday, when he shot 63, and said he underwent plenty of physical therapy and spent time in a Game Ready machine, which is a compression ice device, after his round.

“The knee is OK,” said McIlroy, who won last week’s BMW PGA Championship on the European Tour despite ending his engagement to tennis star Caroline Wozniacki. “It was a little sore this morning on the range, but out on the course it was fine.”

McIlroy can move to second in the World Golf Ranking with a victory this week at Muirfield Village.