Rory McIlroy at BMW Masters 2013: Daily Scores and Leaderboard Analysis
Former world No. 1 Rory McIlroy was in Shanghai for the BMW Masters this weekend as he continued his search for a first tournament win of 2013.
With an ongoing legal case against his former agents causing headlines, per the Irish Times, and his relationship with tennis star Caroline Wozniacki rumoured to be in trouble, per the Telegraph, a return to form on the course would have been a welcome relief. But unfortunately for McIlroy, he was only able to muster up a 27th place finish.
Over the course of the four days, we've tracked the progress of the Northern Irishman and ran the rule over his performance in Shanghai.
Day 4, -1 (287), Tied 27th Place
Rory McIlroy shot his worst round of the weekend on the last day of the BMW Masters at the Lake Malaran Golf Club.
The Northern Irishman shot 73 in his a final round, a score of one over par for the day. It left him tied in 27th place overall with a score of one under for the championship.
Whilst it was McIlroy's worst round of the week, there was still some moments of genuine quality. His eighteen holes contained four birdies, including one on the opening hole. He also finished the round well, going through the last three holes in two under par with birdies at 16 and 18.
But as has been the case all weekend, his round was blemished by some poor moments.
As already mentioned, he got off to a perfect start after finishing with a double bogey at the last on day 3. But that was immediately followed by another bogey at the second. He then dropped shots in two consecutive holes at the 5th and 6th.
From that point on, it never really got going for McIlroy. It was another mediocre round in a weekend that never really caught fire for the two-time major champion. Now he finds himself in 62nd position in the race to Dubai; only the top 60 will qualify.
Day 3, -2 (214), Tied 14th Place
Rory McIlroy finished Day 3 six shots adrift of the leaders after registering a level-par 72 to end on two under for the competition.
In a mirror image of his previous day's work, McIlroy failed to register a birdie on the front nine and even bogeyed the eighth. However, starting with the 10th hole, he peeled off a run of four consecutive birdies to give him some heart going into the final five.
Unfortunately, this was as good as McIlroy's day would get, and the Northern Irishman instead hit a double bogey on the final hole to cap off a distinctly mediocre day.
Prior to the tournament, McIlroy told BBC Sport that he felt he was getting back to his best after a second-place finish at the Korean Open. His consistency has let him down, though, which means he'll struggle to make an impact as the BMW Masters goes into its final day.
Day 2, -1 (143), Tied 12th Place
Another poor showing on the back nine saw Rory McIlroy card a disappointing round of 72 on Friday, remaining at one-under-par for the tournament after Day 2.
While leader Luke Guthrie was only able to extend his lead by one shot to eight-under, McIlroy lost ground on a group of players currently clustered at -4 for the tournament.
Windy conditions proved tricky for all competitors on Day 2 and McIlroy struggled to deal with the adverse conditions at the Malaren Golf Club late in his round, dropping a shot on the last to surrender a birdie made at the 15th.
The round leaves the Northern Irishman with a lot of ground to make up on Guthrie if he is to end his 2013 tournament drought in Shanghai this weekend.
McIlroy, though, enjoyed a happier day than playing partners Graeme McDowell and Henrik Stenson, with the pair both carding two-over-par rounds to lie at par and +2 respectively.
Day 1, -1 (71), Tied 11th Place
McIlroy's opening round in Shanghai promised much after three birdies on the front nine. However, two dropped shots en route to the clubhouse saw him card a one-under-par round of 71 to lie six shots behind early leader Luke Guthrie.
There were positive signs in the early stages. When McIlroy became the only golfer of the day to birdie the ninth hole to go out two under, there was hope he could be sitting near the top of the leaderboard on Day 1.
Playing alongside Henrik Stenson and Graeme McDowell in the final group, all three were affected by blustery wind conditions late in the day.
McIlroy's round, though, could have been much better had he been more efficient with his putter, requiring 32 swings of the short stick. Having hit 15 greens in regulation, he failed to fully capitalise.
McDowell finished the opening day one shot ahead at two under, while Stenson ended play at level par.