What is is about Friday afternoon and bad bounces at the Masters? It was just about this time last year, late on Friday, when Tiger Woods hit the flagstick on the 15th, leading to what will probably go down as the biggest controversy in Masters history.
One year later, Tiger's Nike stablemate, Rory McIlroy, while not sitting on the co-lead like Tiger, caught an awful break at the 13th green. Just like No. 15, the 13th is an easier par-5, and McIlroy was trying to get home in two from 165 yards. He hit what looked to be a fine enough shot but, unfortunately, his ball zeroed in on a sprinkler head on the side of the green and rocketed into the azaleas.
Unlike his earlier adventure into the woods, at least this ball was playable for Rory. He managed to punch it through the flowers and into the shaved area behind the green.
He would not be able to get up-and-down from there, making bogey to drop to 4-over, perilously close to the cut line with just five holes to play.