Rory McIlroy is now in trouble for the Travelers Championship. After a quadruple-bogey at the 12th hole in his second round, McIlroy is now six shots behind the leader, Xander Schauffele, who has shown great quality so far.
"It's golf sometimes...it sort of came out of the blue. "I haven't made a big number like that or a couple of big numbers like that in a long time. When you hit a tee shot like on 12, the first one, the second one is pretty difficult, and you're sort of guarding against the left one and I missed it right.
"It was just one of those. I put myself in a great position in this tournament and then just three bad swings have sort of cost me six shots. I've got all that work to sort of try to make it up over the weekend. At least I have the time to do it."
- McIlroy said, as quoted by skysports. However, McIlroy does not want this to disturb his peace, and he is focused on showing his quality again. "I just need to get off to the start I got off to today again. There is a lot of time left and I know that there are so many birdies on the golf course for me.
It's just a matter of not trying to force the issue, stay patient, and if I keep playing the golf I know I can play, I'll hopefully get a little closer to that lead."
Schauffele on the game
Schauffele is happy with his success, but wants to continue at the same pace.
"We've got 36 more holes, and I need to stay aggressive. "This is a course that's giving up some birdies, and if you're leading the pack and you get kind of comfortable, people are going to hunt you down.
"It's definitely something Austin [Kaiser, caddie] and I will talk about and kind of stick to what we've been doing. Obviously, it's been working out just fine. Sticking to the process is always a good thing." - he said.