Sunday 23 September 2018

Rory bows out despite support of his biggest little fan Alex (6)

it was a day to forget for Rory McIlroy. As the world's best golfers struggled amid the downpours it was up to the crowds and course to take centre stage - and boy did they deliver.

Some 20,000 eager fans lined the gorse coated hills of the Royal County Down for the second day of the Irish Open.

The masses didn't let the hail or rain dampen their spirits as they egged on local lad Rory McIlroy in his windswept home county - but it was all in vain as Rory missed the cut for the third year in a row and bowed out.

Alex Roche (6), from Firhouse, travelled with his family to watch his hero Rory in action and was having "a brilliant time".

While he was supporting Rory, his dad Gareth was backing Padraig Harrington, who was leading the hopes of an Irish victory after a stellar first day performance.

It was a tough day for Shane Lowry who was forced to use a wedge on the putting green of the 12th hole after breaking his putter in frustration.

"Not proud of what I did today but think it just shows that I care. Buzzing that I made it in for the weekend," he posted on social media later.

Meanwhile, Harrington started the day at the top of the leaderboard on an impressive four-under from from the first round.

However, he let his lead slip yesterday after a few disappointing holes to end up at a respectable two under.

England's Tyrell Hatton led the pack last night at three under par.

"I would love to see an Irish man win it," Dubliner Gareth said, adding: "I wouldn't write Harrington off just yet, he will have all our support here."

Eoghan Fitzpatrick (16) from south Dublin said he will also be roaring for Harrington.


"He has been playing great golf," said Eoghan.

"The course seems to be getting the best of everyone and the weather does not help but you can't complain with this scenery, just look at it," he added referring to the spectacular views of the Mourne Mountains.

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