Rory McIlroy on Tiger Woods' effort: Just unbelievable

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Rory McIlroy on Tiger Woods' effort: Just unbelievable

Rory McIlroy didn’t have such a good day this time, as he couldn’t impose his pace, but he still seems optimistic. "I didn't get off to the best of starts," McIlroy said, as quoted by skysports. "That bogey on two, and then, from there, I didn't give myself enough realistic chances for birdies.

"After that, I played solidly on the way in; to play the last 11 holes one under was respectable, not to make another bogey. "I gave myself a few more chances on the back nine and just couldn't quite capitalise on a couple of them.

But those up-and-downs on 16, 17, and 18 I think were really important. It just keeps me a little closer to the lead and doesn't really feel like I've got such a mountain to climb as if I had have maybe dropped one or two over those last three holes.

"There's a long way to go, a lot of golf left. We're going to see a completely different golf course the next two days because of the wind direction. It's going to play completely differently and that makes it very interesting."

McIlroy: I felt pretty relaxed

Reporters asked him if he was nervous and if that played a role. "No, I don't think so. I felt pretty relaxed out there. "I wouldn't say it was nerves. You're not going to go out and shoot 65 every day.

"Maybe it was a case of I wasn't quite as committed or aggressive as I was yesterday." McIlroy praised both Woods and his perseverance. "Just unbelievable," McIlroy said of Woods' effort. "Making the cut at Augusta and making the cut here; I was joking with Joey LaCava [Woods' caddie] yesterday and saying, he could have come back and played two of the flattest courses on Tour, but no he comes to two of the toughest walks that we have.