It was a sprint to the clubhouse for Rory McIlroy Friday at the BMW PGA Championship, where a fast finish – and an agonizing wait – made for a compelling end to the second round.
Two shots outside the cut line with four holes to play at Wentworth, McIlroy stuffed his approach to a foot on the 15th hole. But that’s when the pace of play slowed to a halt, with the course’s consecutive par 5s to finish creating a logjam with three different groups on the 18th tee.
Essentially playing as a sixsome on the final hole, McIlroy belted a drive into the fairway and then launched a long iron that crept onto the front edge. With the green illuminated by the giant leaderboard to the right of the putting surface, McIlroy two-putted from 40 feet for a final birdie to make the cut on the number, at 1-under 143.
The late heroics in near-darkness spared McIlroy a stunning early exit at the DP World Tour’s flagship event. He hadn’t missed a cut anywhere since the Masters, finishing 16th or better in every event since mid-May.
McIlroy was playing alongside two European Ryder Cup teammates, Ludvig Aberg and Viktor Hovland, both of whom bested the world No. 2 through two rounds. Aberg, the hotshot rookie, is tied for the halfway lead at 10 under, while Hovland is five shots back.
All 12 European Ryder Cuppers made the cut.
McIlroy moved on to the weekend after rounds of 72-71 in his final appearance before the Ryder Cup. Following the BMW PGA, he will attend a bachelor party in Mykonos before returning to London for a few days of prep ahead of the matches in Rome.
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