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It has been a gutsy performance by the world No 4 considering the fact he arrived here with a jarred knee. “I slipped as I was getting into the swimming pool on the stag do of my agent [Paul Mcdonnell] in the south of France last Thursday,” he said. “Honestly, I’d only been there for half an hour and as stag-do injuries go, it was pretty tame.
“It hurt when I woke this morning, but it’s OK when I’m swinging the club. I’m really pleased to be where I am, if I think that I didn’t have much of a preparation.”
Again, the attendance tipped the 20,000 mark and the 25,000-plus expected today will have the bonus of watching Rory Mcilroy out among the early starters. The world No 2 gallantly fought his way inside the cut-mark, starting at four over and shooting a 69 to advance to one over.
There was a chip-in birdie on the 16th and a nervy par on the 18th, when he holed a four-footer for the necessary par. Everyone breathed a sigh of relief.