The nasty British weather has not been the only clouds that 25 year-old Rory McIlroy is dealing with this week at the BMW PGA Championship. But on the heels of both, Rory’s golf game appears to be on the mend at The Wentworth Club where he has had little success in his short career.
After breaking up with fiancée’, Caroline Wozniacki on the eve of sending out Wedding Invitations, and tearing up during his pre-tournament press conference, the former number one golfer in the world has found his way onto the leaderboard at the European Tour’s Flagship event.
McIlroy opened up with a -4 under par 68 on Thursday during play stoppages due to lightning, and followed it on Friday during a constant rain, with a one under par 71. He starts the weekend five strokes off the lead at a golf course where anything can happen.
He got off to a slow start on Friday with a couple of bogeys, and a big number at the seventh hole. Rory rallied down the stretch with a big finish that included birdies at 15, 16 and 18 to get in the clubhouse under par for his round.
I have always contended that Rory McIlroy’s golf problems were more about his relationship issues than his famed equipment change in 2013. It’s a well-documented fact that professional golfers who aren’t committed to their work routines are destined to fail. One only need look at what happened to Bubba Watson after winning the 2012 Masters.
Once Bubba committed himself to golf again, winning PGA events wasn’t far behind, and it will happen for Rory as well. As he works his way through this break-up, his golf game will return to 2012 form.
If you read my blogs on a regular basis, you already know that I am more interested in on-course activities than what happens outside of the ropes. You can find lifestyle articles on the internet regarding the details of the breakup, and I won’t spend your time re-hashing them here.
Rory McIlroy finished the Masters in a tie for 8th place at even par. You can tell in this interview from SI/Golf.com that this is not a happy person who is excited about playing in the world’s most popular golf tournament. Maybe now, we will see a happier Rory McIlroy, and a Rory McIlroy who is in contention in big tournaments again.