McIlroy deplores missed putts

first_img Press Association Rory McIlroy expressed his frustration at not getting back into contention for a second US Open title as Jason Day tried to remain there at Chambers Bay on Saturday. McIlroy admitted he was frustrated to four-putt the 17th and drop another shot on the 18th in his second round, but was happy to have ground out a score after missing the cut in his previous two events. ” I’m pleased with how I’ve kept it going,” the 26-year-old said. “It’s a lot easier to do that than when you’re not hitting fairways and not hitting greens. I’m hitting great shots and great drives and giving myself chances the whole time. “It’s just hard to stay patient whenever I’m not holing anything. I feel mentally I’ve accepted most things this week, which is good.” McIlroy carded a third round of 70 to remain four over par just after Day teed off at two under, three shots behind halfway leaders and Ryder Cup partners Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed. Day was walking from the elevated tee on the par-three ninth – his final hole – during the second round on Friday when he suddenly collapsed, the 27-year-old later being diagnosed as suffering from Benign Positional Vertigo. The world number 10 received treatment at a local medical centre and opted to continue in the tournament, opening his round with a perfect drive down the fairway and narrowly missing for birdie before picking the ball very gingerly out of the hole after tapping in for par. McIlroy had marked his par on the 18th with a mock celebration after finally holing a lengthy putt, the world number one missing numerous birdie chances after picking up shots on the second and seventh. ” I missed seven good chances on the back nine, or seven makeable putts, anyway,” said McIlroy, who dropped shots on the 11th and 15th. “It was just nice to see one drop at the last there. I feel like I turned a 65 into a 70 today. “W henever you start to miss a couple you start to get a little tentative. You start to doubt yourself. You start to doubt the greens a little bit. And then it just sort of snowballs from there. I holed a few nice ones early on, but once I missed a couple it got into my head and couldn’t really get out of it.” Henrik Stenson had memorably likened the greens to putting on broccoli, but McIlroy joked: “I don’t think they’re as green as broccoli. I think they’re more like cauliflower. “They are what they are, everyone has to putt on them. It’s all mental. Some guys embrace it more than others, and that’s really the way it is. It is disappointing that they’re not in a bit better shape. But the newer greens like seven and 13, they’re perfect. “I played last Sunday and I felt like they (the USGA) brought it a little too much towards the brink then. And it’s always a struggle from then to sort of rein it back little bit. I would have liked to see them keep it a little greener for the practice rounds and then gradually as the tournament progresses get a little firmer. “That might have kept the greens in a bit better shape, but you never know. I’ve never been here before, but I hear that the weather isn’t always like this. If there had been a little bit of moisture and had it been overcast the greens might not have gotten baked out and as bumpy as they are.” last_img read more

Iheanacho’s Missed Chance against City Causes Buzz on Twitter

first_imgDuro IkhazuagbeKelechi Iheanacho’s 87th minute missed chance on Monday night to level scores for Leicester City and put spanner into Manchester City’s ambition to retain the English Premier League title back-to-back has received backlash from angry Liverpool fans on social media.If Iheanacho had scored that begging chanced deep into the Premiership game at Etihad, the Citizens would have been trailing Liverpool on 93 points going into Sunday’s final round of matches rather than the edge of 95 points they enjoy now. But most of the fans who pilloried the former Manchester city forward for his tepid play that went wide off mark insinuated that Iheanacho may have done his former club the favour to enable them win the trophy.Iheanacho who moved from City in 2017, was put through clear on goal in the dying moments by Hamza Choudhury but he dragged his effort well wide of the post with just Ederson in goal for City to beat.He could have come back to haunt his former side but instead City go into the final round of fixtures ahead of Liverpool in the title race with that stunning 30-yard kick by Vincent Kompany.After that enthralling match, football fans – including those from Liverpool – flocked to social media to poke fun of Iheanacho.One Liverpool supporter, devastated by the last-gasp miss, joked on Twitter: “That must be Iheanacho’s best game for Man City.”Another social media user wrote: “Iheanacho should receive a Premier League medal after his shocking miss.”Another football fan said on Twitter: “Petition to investigate Iheanacho’s miss incoming.”But the teasing didn’t stop there, with plenty more fans taking to Twitter to voice either their frustration or delight depending on which camp they sit in.Longclaw (@somtozil) May 6, 2019 noted: “City selling Iheanacho for him to miss a sitter to help them win the league 2 years.”One Manchester United fan, Scott Banks (@Twatots) May 6, 2019 clearly pleased with the result, joked: “Iheanacho couldn’t bear the thought of listening to Liverpool supporters for the next 40 years either. Good lad.”“Someone needs to investigate that, Iheanacho didn’t want to score there,” another football fan alleged following the final whistle.Iheanacho’s miss allowed Pep Guardiola’s men to hold on to their crucial advantage and they will be confident of securing the Premier League title on Sunday.Man City is to travel to Brighton needing a win to defend their top-flight crown, while Liverpool host Wolves at Anfield in what should be a brilliant finale to the season.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more