Rory McIlroy the world’s number one golfer and defending PGA Champion at Wentworth admitted that he lost his mind a little and paid a heavy price at this years tournament.
A poor first round was put down to mental fatigue – yes, even the very best can suffer in the pursuit of perfection and winning in the game that we all love.
The last time Rory McIlroy lost his mental focus and failed miserably at ‘anger management’ was at a tournament on the US Tour in Miami earlier this year where he tossed a three-iron into a lake. Great distance but not with the golf ball!
This week there were quite a few occasions where Rory’s inner demons began to surface again. Of his own admission he said “On some holes, I was in danger of turning into Mr Angry.”
No doubt Nike’s replacement club team were on stand by again as he suffered severe anger management failure.
‘It’s what happens when I’m a little mentally fatigued,’ said the 26-year-old.
‘I start to get down on myself and try too hard. Fortunately, I’ve been around long enough to recognise the signs.’
Not long enough, however, to prevent a three-wood from being discarded dismissively after a poor second shot at the par-five 17th. But McIlroy was able to curb the tantrum temptation and post a 71 that appeared to do him no harm.
Day 2 Hell For Rory
The second round just proved all too much for McIlroy who now has to start getting mentally in shape for the big prizes to come in the next few weeks – The US Open and The Open at the home of Golf St Andrews.
He won in the US and then missed the cut in the 2015 Irish Open on a course he knows really well. Even the best get stifled by the great game of golf.
At The Open at St Andrews in July he defends his title and one thing is for sure the R & A may not take too kindly to club throwing and tantrums.
For you this kind of behaviour and failure may raise as smile because it involves a very high profile golfer like Rory McIlroy BUT this is the kind of off focus wayward golf you can play or see at golf club’s all over the week everyday of the week.
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