Every golfer knows the feeling: You hit one in the water, and throw the towel in after it.
Of course, out on the muni there's rarely a chunk of $5.3 million in play.
But, the urge to pack it in was impossible for Rory McIlroy to resist on Tuesday, when, after splashing one on the 15th hole, he "lost interest" in his match against Matt Kuchar.
At least that's what Kuchar himself told James Corrigan on the Daily Telegraph. And McIlroy seemed to admit as much himself:
The Northern Irishman was level with Kuchar – another member of the losing Ryder Cup team at Medinah 12 days ago – on the 15th when his own seven caused his challenge to implode, as he dropped seven strokes in three holes.
Kuchar said he believed his opponent “lost interest” after chopping around in the trees on his way to a triple bogey and McIlroy admitted as much. “I was playing pretty well until the 15th, then I hit it into the hazard on 16 and was just trying to get the round done,” he said.
With both McIlroy and Tiger Woods falling in round one, some of the sparkle may fall from the inaugural Turkish event. Woods won his second-round match Wednesday morning, but McIlroy lost again and now the No. 1 player in the world has no chance of advancing to the semifinals once his match with Woods is complete. McIlroy and Woods will face off Thursday morning.