Rory McIlroy Faces Challenges at the 2024 Masters Tournament

Rory McIlroy’s journey at the 2024 Masters Tournament takes a challenging turn as he battles the wind and a swing slump. Despite a 4-over par performance, McIlroy remains optimistic about bouncing back for the weekend.

The second round of the 2024 Masters Tournament proved to be a challenging day for Rory McIlroy, as he shot a 77 to fall to 4-over par, 10 strokes off the lead.

Despite making the cut in his quest for the career Grand Slam, McIlroy struggled along with the majority of the field in the whipping winds at Augusta National. He found himself trailing the leaders, Max Homa (71), Scottie Scheffler (72), and Bryson DeChambeau (73).

“Tough day, really tough day,” McIlroy said. “Just hard to make a score and just sort of trying to make as many pars as possible. I felt like I did OK. I made that bogey on 14, and even just to par the last four holes and get in the clubhouse and have a tee time tomorrow, I’m sort of pretty happy with.”

The prolonged play due to a backup on the 11th hole also affected McIlroy, who said his swing felt “horrific” for the last six or seven holes.

“My golf swing felt horrific for the last six or seven holes, just from sitting around. Especially that 11th hole – No. 11 it felt like it took an hour to play that hole,” he added.

McIlroy, a three-time FedExCup champion, has had a strange season, coming into the Valero Texas Open last week without a top-10 finish on the PGA TOUR in 2024. However, a final-round 66 at the Valero had given him some optimism heading into the Masters.

Despite his struggles, McIlroy remains hopeful that he can bounce back and produce a low round on Saturday to put himself in contention for the weekend.

“I won from 10 back in Dubai at the start of the year,” he said. “But obviously the Dubai Desert Classic and the Masters are two very different golf tournaments. We’ll see. Hopefully, the conditions are a little better tomorrow. Yeah, I still think I can go out tomorrow and shoot a low one, get back into red numbers, and have half a chance going into Sunday.”

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