Rory McIlroy eager to cure Masters hangover
Rory McIlroy has revealed that it took him a while to get over his latest Masters disappointment, and how he is hoping to back on track at one of his favourite courses this weekend.
The Northern Irishman has had almost a month to reflect on his latest failure to complete the career slam at Augusta.
The 28-year old was three shots behind leader Patrick Reed going into Sunday at the Masters, but failed to challenge as a final round 74 saw him finish six shots behind in a tie for fifth place.
“I was disappointed because I just didn’t give a good account of myself the last day,” McIlroy said.
“I was sort of holding it together, and then, obviously, under the pressure of Sunday trying to chase Patrick down it just never quite clicked for me. It was disappointing that’s the way the week finished.”
To get over his disappointment, McIlroy said: “I went back home and sort of decompressed, binge watched a couple of shows, read a couple of books, drank a few bottles of wine.”
“Once I sort of got back into my routine, I was fine,” said McIlroy.
“The Masters has become the biggest golf tournament in the world, and I’m comfortable saying that,” he said. “I don’t care about the US Open or the Open Championship, it’s the biggest tournament in the world. It is the most amount of eyeballs, the most amount of hype, the most amount of everything is at Augusta.”
— Rory McIlroy (@McIlroyRory) May 1, 2018
Now, McIlroy will be looking for second win of the season at the PGA Wells Fargo Championship, which is being held at Quail Hollow, a course he has twice tasted victory on in his PGA Tour career.
“It’s always nice to come back to a golf course and an event where you’ve played well before and you have some really good memories,” said McIlroy.
“I’ve always enjoyed the golf course through the different variations of it from 2010 all the way up until now.
“I’ve played it well. It’s one of those golf courses that sets up well for me. It fits my eye and I feel like I can play my game around here.”
‘Is this where I am going to die?’ Nicolas Colsaerts on kidney disorder battle
The Belgian is the focus of attention this week as he belatedly defends the Cazoo Open de France title he won three years ago.
On this day in 2008: Ryder Cup misery in Louisville for Nick Faldo’s Europe team
Faldo was heavily criticised for his tactics in the closing singles.
Open champion Cameron Smith wins first LIV trophy in just second start
The world number two is the highest-ranked player to join the rebel series.
Robert MacIntyre beats Matt Fitzpatrick in play-off to win Italian Open
MacIntyre birdied the first extra hole at Marco Simone Golf and Country Club, the venue for next year’s Ryder Cup.
Matt Fitzpatrick holds narrow lead ahead of final round at Italian Open
Rory McIlroy and Aaron Rai are one shot off the pace.
Rory McIlroy picks up the pace to claim lead ahead of Matt Fitzpatrick in Rome
McIlroy’s group looked unlikely to complete their second rounds after taking three hours to play nine holes.
Matt Fitzpatrick leads way at Italian Open despite ‘inconsistent’ display
The US Open champion held a one-shot lead over fellow Englishman Tom Lewis,
Rory McIlroy rues a late night until eagle gets him flying in Italian Open
The four-time major winner was only a shot behind leader Matt Fitzpatrick after the first round of the Rome event.
Rory McIlroy begins Italian Open with superb 67 after recovering from slow start
He kick-started his round by holing out from 115 yards for an eagle on the par-four third.
Shane Lowry: Golf risks alienating fans with disgusting amount of money involved
The BMW PGA Championship winner insists he was never tempted to join LIV Golf.