CHARLOTTE, N.C. – On the day of his 24th birthday, Rory McIlroy had plans for a nice dinner with friends and then a late night watching the Floyd Mayweather-Robert Guerrero boxing match.
Mother Nature had other ideas.
Because of impending inclement weather, final-round tee times at the Wells Fargo Championship were moved up for Sunday morning, meaning McIlroy would likely cut his celebration short.
There were only a few things for him to celebrate on the course, too. Despite an eagle and two birdies, he posted a 1-over 73 to drop into a share of 10th place entering the final round.
The problem was the putter, as McIlroy didn’t make a putt longer than 5 feet all day and missed a handful inside the 10-foot range.
“I just couldn't hole anything today,” he said. “I think when you miss a few putts on these greens, you sort of lose confidence in your stroke and then it's just sort of hard to commit fully to what you want to do. If I want to hole some putts tomorrow, I need to do a better job of that.”