Rory McIlroy wanted to punch himself in the face in Abu Dhabi
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Rory McIlroy wanted to punch himself in the face in Abu Dhabi


Rory McIlroy had a tough day on Saturday at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship. Sure, he shot 1-under 71 at Abu Dhabi G.C., but he lost six shots to Martin Kaymer, who now leads the field by a half-dozen heading into Sunday's final round.

McIlroy hit 17 greens in regulation, but needed 34 putts to get around in Round 3 -- basically, a two-putt every hole and six worse than his average for the first two rounds. That frustrated the world No. 1, who now believes he's playing in the B-flight.

"I was very wasteful today," McIlroy said after his round. "It looks like I'm playing for second place tomorrow."

The world No. 1 has a puncher's chance on Sunday, especially considering the low rounds already turned in this week. However, given his frustration, his strong arm might be hurting before the final round.

Expressing his dismay with how he played, McIlroy said, "I feel like punching myself."


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