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Monty set for lonely last round at British Open

Monty set for lonely last round at British Open”

Jordan Spieth, after scoring over par in a 10th consecutive major round, blamed his recent struggles on his ball-striking and some bad luck of the draw at Royal Troon.

Disappointingly, but probably not a surprise, Spieth needed another 30 putts in his round of 1-over 72 that got him to 5-over 218 through 54 holes.

"So I think that's a bit unfair to me, but don't feel sorry for me". Feel like it's in the same place here.

"I'll have to look at the conditions to make a somewhat, lofty, realistic goal".

McIlroy has form for throwing his clubs, having launched his three iron into a lake at Doral during the WGC-Cadillac Championship in March previous year - for which he told Press Association Sport he was fined €4,400, having escaped a greater sanction after apologising.

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"That's not normal", Spieth said. Further ahead Rory McIlroy had an eventful front nine, with a bogey at the first followed by further dropped shots at the third - where he three-putted - and the fifth.

"It just seemed like it just didn't want to go in the hole once I got on the greens".

"I'm struggling reading them and then because of that I have a tough time hitting a nice, solid putt on a line and being confident about it". But either it didn't travel with him or it can't adapt to links greens, which for practical reasons can never be cut so that they run like 12 or 13 on the Stimpmeter; the always-present wind would not allow balls to stay on the greens.

"So there's obviously a little bit of luck that is involved with getting to the top as well as playing good golf".

According to Spieth, it is the best he has struck the ball since the Hyundai Tournament of Champions at Kapalua Resort in Maui back in January. "I probably hit it as well as anybody in the field and shot five, six shots over the leader, so that normally doesn't happen for me".

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It was a frustrating day all round for McIlroy who could not get his round going early on to generate the momentum to make a move up the leaderboard.

Spieth carded a 71 on a day where typical cold, cloudy and windy Scottish weather conditions were not present, but with weather conditions expected to worsen over the weekend, Spieth is focused on building on the strength of his driving and improve his putting.

Spieth, sharing a house this week with five other PGA Tour players, said he watched Friday morning play on TV with Rickie Fowler, Justin Thomas and Jimmy Walker. "For how strong the wind was when we were on the tee, I thought that was a great set-up".

"That happens. I kind of shook it off to an extent at the end of the round".

The Northern Irishman's approach at the par-five 16th veered right and his angry reaction led to his three-wood breaking on impact with the fairway. My bogies, the only bogey that was really deserved was the one on 18. Just really close to clicking.

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