Rory McIlroy searching for putting answers

Rory McIlroy
Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy’s struggles continued on Sunday at the Deutsche Bank Championship in Massachusetts.

The 26-year-old from Holywood carded a less than inspiring level par 71 that left him on two over par for the tournament.

Rory could once again be dethroned from the top of the world rankings this week but he is more concerned with getting his game back on track.

“It’s not something I really worry about,” McIlroy said about the OWGR.

“I’m just worried about trying to get my game in better shape so I can compete and try to win tournaments.”

According to a report on, Rory has holed just two putts outside six feet this week and made a call to coach Dave Stockton for some advice on Saturday.

“He mentioned a couple things to me,” added McIlroy who is still easying his way back into the competitive environment following the ankle injury that disrupted his summer.

“I probably putted a little better today ... I just need to go work on it. I just need to get back in the rhythm of it a little bit.”

* Simon Thornton fired a second-round two under par 68 to complete a wire-to-wire victory at the Cairndhu Pro-Am on Saturday.

The Team Ireland professional finished the 36-hole event on five under par, four strokes ahead of David Higgins (Waterville).

The 38-year-old from Newcastle began Saturday’s second and final round with a one-shot lead over Noel Murray (Massereene GC).

He dropped a shot at the second but birdies at the sixth and eighth saw him to the turn in one under 33.

A further dropped shot followed at the 11th but once again he responded well and birdies at the par five 14th and par five 17th eased him to the clubhouse in one under par 35.

Murray’s challenge faltered over his opening nine holes leaving the way clear for Order of Merit leader, David Higgins (Waterville). to come through and secure second place with a second round 69.