He made it by the skin of his teeth. Rory McIlroy finished the second round of the Shell Houston Open at one under par, which just so happened to be the cut line. He was able to sneak into the weekend and will have two more rounds this week that he can use to prepare for The Masters.
After a roller coaster of a first round that saw him walk to the clubhouse at one over par, McIlroy’s second round of golf was much more mundane. He carded 14 pars on the day and added three birdies and just one bogey. It was by no means a spectacular outing, but it was good enough for him to make the cut right on the number.
“As I said, no one likes missing cuts and especially it’s my last one before the Masters,” McIlroy said. “Nice to have another couple of rounds, do some work on the range this afternoon and hopefully improve on the course that I’ve already done.”
Strangely enough, it’s not his last event before The Masters, as he’s committed to playing the Valero Texas Open next week. He’s stated that he wants to get more work in for the first major championship of the year, and it looks as if he’s living up to that statement.
Seeing as how he’s currently nine shots off of the lead there’s a very real chance that McIlroy will not be in contention at any point this week, but making the cut was crucial for him as he prepares for Augusta National. A missed cut this week would have wreaked havoc on his already quite fragile psyche and could have put him in a bad place mentally before The Masters. Augusta is tough enough without having to face it when you’re lacking confidence.