Following his weekend heroics at the Arnold Palmer Invitational he crashed to earth here

Rory McIlroy falls to earth after Arnold Palmer Invitational heroics at Match Play Championship in Austin

  • Rory McIlroy beaten by US Amateur champion Peter Uihlein despite a late salvo
  • Ian Poulter was a long way from his best but didn’t need to be on Wednesday
  • He upset the odds once more against an out-of-sorts Tommy Fleetwood

For 10 holes on Wednesday, Rory McIlroy suffered such a rude reaction to his heroics at the Arnold Palmer Invitational last weekend it was positively obscene.

An opening group assignment in the WGC-Dell Match Play Championship against former US Amateur Champion Peter Uihlein always looked a tricky one for a man still on cloud nine.

No-one could have guessed, however, he would fall to earth at such a clattering rate, as he found himself a pulverising five down.

Following his weekend heroics at the Arnold Palmer Invitational he crashed to earth here
Following his weekend heroics at the Arnold Palmer Invitational he crashed to earth here

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