McIlroy struggles to 74, cools off after hot streak

McIlroy struggles to 74, cools off after hot streak
August 21, 2014, 4:15 pm
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Rory McIlroy was -48 in his last 216 holes. He's now +4 in his last nine. (AP)

PARAMUS, NJ -– Even though he’s not in this week’s Barclays field, maybe Tiger Woods figured out a way to stop Rory McIlroy after all.

The world’s hottest player has drawn comparisons with vintage Tiger lately, winning each of his last three starts and ascending to the world No. 1 ranking once again. He’s been so hot, really, that the only way to cool him off might have been to pour a bucket of ice cold water over his head.

Enter Woods.

At one point during their buddy-buddy extravaganza on Monday, they each completed the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, pouring the cold stuff over each other’s heads.

Apparently that icy dousing was enough to relieve Rory of his recent torridness.

After posting 11 of 12 rounds in the 60s during those three consecutive wins, with a scoring average of 67 and no round higher than 71, McIlroy opened his FedEx Cup playoff campaign with a 3-over 74 that may not have been freezing cold, but was hardly the scalding hot performance we’ve become accustomed to seeing.

Maybe we should have seen it coming, though.