Rory McIlroy rages against ‘show***’ as chaos reigns at BMW PGA Championship

Rory McIlroy overcame a chaotic scene at the BMW PGA Championship to avoid missing the cut on Friday.

The world No.2 was forced to finish in near-total darkness after unprecedented delays at Wentworth during the second round.

McIlroy and his playing partners Viktor Hovland and Ludvig Aberg had to wait a long time
Nine bands were forced to end their tour Saturday morning after this scene

After an 80-minute delay due to morning fog, followed by very slow play, McIlroy was one of four groups lining up at the 18th tee as the sun disappeared.

The Northern Irishman needed a birdie to avoid missing the cut in his final event before the next Ryder Cup, which only added to the drama.

Thanks to the light from a greenside screen, McIlroy managed to reach the green in two strokes and make a routine birdie in two putts as the 12 members of Team Europe moved into the weekend.

When asked to describe the late-night drama, McIlroy said: “It was like a show.

“The fog obviously delayed things, but I can’t ever remember having that many players on the 17 and 18. It’s not like they were throwing us into tighter slots or anything.

“It’s difficult for me to try and play well on the last one and make the cut, it’s a bit of a mad rush and scramble to finish. I don’t know what you could do other than fewer players on the field.

Elsewhere, Ryder Cup player Bob MacIntyre and vice-captain Thomas Bjorn were confronted by fans during a long, unruly day in Surrey.

MacIntyre was allegedly approached by a player who wanted his playing partners Matt Fitzpatrick and Justin Rose to beat him.

MacIntyre confirmed incident with gambling fan
Bjorn was also forced to finish in obscurity and it cost him dearly.

“I had a bit of stick there in ’17,” the Scot said.

“There is obviously gambling in golf these days and some people bet a lot of money on it – and unfortunately he lost today.

“He told me how much he had at his disposal. I actually talked to someone about it a few weeks ago, it might even have been Jon (Rahm) about the ruckus on the PGA Tour.

“Nowadays it’s all about the game and I said to Greg (Milne, his caddy) who was heading towards the 18th tee: ‘Be on your toes because this guy could throw anything at us here, so keep an eye out on him and do your job’.”

Meanwhile, an angry Bjorn was seen arguing with a drunken fan late on the 18th after the Dane failed to get the birdie needed to qualify.


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