Rory McIlroy was one of many golfers who paid tribute by wearing a black ribbon on his hat in the memory of cricket star Phil Hughes, who sadly passed away earlier this week.
Australia have been shocked by the news of Hughes’ death on Thursday after being struck in the back of his head by a bouncer while batting for South Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground, two days earlier.
McIlory, Adam Scott and others are in action this week for the Australian Open, which is being played just three miles away from the cricket ground.
The Northern Irishman is currently sharing second place with American Conrad Schindler after a mixed round with an eagle, six birdies and six bogies and McIlroy was not too happy with his performance.
He said: “I felt like I had an opportunity today to shoot a good one and put a little bit of space between myself and the rest of the field, but it didn’t really turn out that way.
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“A few too many mistakes and it was pretty tricky out there to be honest. Swirling quite a bit, which made it hard for club selection. I misjudged a few wedged shots and got bogies from those.
“I was happy with how I finished, picking up shots in four of the last five holes and I’m still in a good position heading into tomorrow."
Greg Chalmers held a one shot lead at the halfway stage of the tournament, but McIlroy has moved into position to defend his title.
Chalmers, who has won the Australian Open twice, is leading the pack at five-under par.
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