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06th Nov 2015

Rory McIlroy goes painfully close to a hole in one in Shanghai as girlfriend watches on (Video)

Almost an ace!


Rory McIlroy won’t forget this trip to China.

There was the club sandwich, the food-poisoning, the loss of 10lbs, the promising first round and today’s ‘lethargic’ second round, which was almost jolted into life by a hole in one at the 12th.

McIlroy carded four birdies and four bogeys for a level-par 72 that leaves him 10 shots off the lead, but it could have been nine if this superb tee shot at the 217-yard 12th had not scraped past the hole.

SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 06: Erica Stoll follows the play of Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland during the second round of the WGC - HSBC Champions at the Sheshan International Golf Club on November 6, 2015 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

With his girlfriend Erica Stoll looking on, McIlroy struggled around the Sheshan International Golf Club during the second round of the WGC-HSBC Champions.

“I was just so lethargic out there and it got to the stage where I became practically disinterested,” said the 26-year-old. “I was just flat and didn’t play very well at all. It’s certainly left me with a lot to do over the weekend.”

If this had gone in it would have improved his mood.