- May 8, 2002
- Reaction score
Rory McIlroy bounced back from his mediocre opening at the Irish Open with a 67 and then revealed that whereas he once felt the weight of expectancy at his national championship, now he can take inspiration from the vibrant support. On five under par, McIlroy is still eight off the lead, held by the Australian Lucas Herbert, who added a 67 to Thursday’s 64. But with the cut at Mount Juliet falling on three-under, McIlroy’s first objective was to qualify for the weekend after his first-round 72.