Rory McIlroy’s start to the PGA Tour season hasn’t been great as the world’s No. 1 player missed the cut last week at The Honda Classic, and in the second round of Friday’s WGC-Cadillac Championship, McIlroy let his frustration out on his 3-iron.
After hooking an approach shot into the lake on the par-five eighth hole, McIlroy launched his 3-iron from the fairway deep into the lake.
“Must have went a good 60, 70 yards I think,” McIlroy joked. “Felt good at the time. Look, I just let frustration get the better of me. It was heat of the moment, and I mean, if it had of been any other club I probably wouldn’t have but I didn’t need a 3‑iron for the rest of the round so I thought, why not.”
Anyone that’s played golf has probably wanted to throw a club in the water — some of us have actually done it — but it’s rarer to see a tour player lose their temper in that way. Rory apologized for the moment of frustration and actually finished the day with a nice two-under round of 70 to climb into a tie for 11th at one-under par heading into the weekend.