As is always the case with DraftKings contests for major championships, there is great value to be had throughout all of the picks at the British Open.
It just wasn't possible Friday. He will be around for the weekend and sits six shots back of morning leader Zach Johnson. It's playing a little easier.
As it dries over the weekend (with no significant rain in the forecast), expect to see McIlroy, who won the last of his four majors in 2014, which makes him 0-for-his-last-14, going for the downs - the way Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton do at Yankee Stadium.
Sergio still hasn't quite gotten over his Masters hangover, and his two rounds of 75 and 71 resulted in Garcia missing his fourth straight cut at a major, stretching back to the 2017 PGA Championship. The British pro finished just one stroke behind victor Brooks Koepka (+2200) after he shot a brilliant 63 on Sunday, becoming just the sixth player to ever shoot that low at the U.S. Open.
"I played better than what the score indicates", he told reporters because I had two eight irons into both par 5s today, and I end up with par on both", he told a throng of reporters.
McIlroy made his splash on the worldwide stage as an 18-year-old amateur when the Open was last staged at Carnoustie in 2007, and he spoke in the build-up about how he hoped to rekindle some of that boyish enthusiasm.
So McIlroy arrived in Scotland pledging to have a bolder mindset, with a nod to his 2007 self. He parred the brutal final three holes and made some excellent par saves in his round.
I think the ground conditions changing - moving to softer conditions with this rain that we've had today - will play into the form of golf Rory McIlroy normally plays. "Just go out there and give it your all, and I'd rather fail by trying 100 percent than by sort of holding back and maybe not giving myself the opportunity to do well". He did, though, miss the sixth and 17th fairways each by about 30 yards.
He left a birdie putt from 25 feet at the next hole just short and then just missed on a 40-foot try at No. 5.
Yet even when the wheels threatened to fall off his round, Woods dug deep to par three of the toughest closing holes on the Open circuit with a calm authority.
McIlroy spoke, too, of his improved mindset in links golf.
"I've been doing this for years, braces and bandages, it's just that this time it's actually visible". "It's not my sort of golf".
Woods said that the neck issue was not a big deal, that "as I got warmed up I felt all right". "I didn't really draw a bad lie on the tee box".