Rory McIlroy made his first ever exit of the US PGA Championship having missed the cut. McIlroy, who has won the Championship two times in seven attempts, bogeyed the last hole to finish one under 69 and ultimately missed the cut. A result that has left the Irishman devastated as well as embarrassed at his early exit. However, things are going a lot better for Stetson. The Swede was grouped with Masters champion Danny Willett and US Open victor Dustin Johnson, but this didn’t prove a problem as he outscored both of the senior players.
When Stenson spoke to the media having finished hir and he said’ I got off to a bit of a wobbly start and stood over a six-foot putt on the 14th to avoid going three over, so I’m quite happy that went in and I turned it on from 18, that could easily have gone the wrong way but I was hanging in there and got the good stuff coming in.”
The former world number one, who is also a two-time major winner, Spieth had a much better day at the office as he returned five birdies in his opening nine holes to get to four under par. Although he did play well he also missed several opportunities to better his score on his back nine, while a bogey saw him close on three under. He was upbeat in his post-game interview with the press and had this to say about his game and his ability. “It was a solid round, and I’m back in contention,” said the American. “I’m hitting the ball fantastic. I just can’t get a putt to go in from beyond 10 feet.” As everyone knows, it’s the big putts that make the difference, and this is an aspect of his game he desperately needs to improve if he is to make a bigger impression this time around.