'It was like being hit by a punch. I was literally in a daze.' - Rory McIlroy talks to Paul Kimmage
In the final part of an exclusive interview with the Sunday Independent, Rory McIlroy talks to Paul Kimmage about the Ryder Cup, the Irish Open and his burning desire to claim a Masters green jacket.
Last week, the four-time Major champion revealed his true feelings about the Olympics as well as offering a fascinating insight into his relationship with Tiger Woods. In part two of his in depth conversation with Kimmage, McIlroy looks back at his emotionally charged Ryder Cup battle with Patrick Reed, while opening up about his Masters meltdown in 2011 and how he bounced back to claim his first Major title just 70 days later.
"It was like being hit by a punch," McIlroy says of starting the back nine at Augusta in 2011, after letting a four shot lead slip.
"I was literally in a daze. I'm (standing) between those two cabins at the left of 10 (he had snap-hooked his drive from the tee) and I don't know what to think. I'm like, 'What the f**k is going on?'"
The Northern Irishman also revealed that winning the US Open later that year was the only time he has shed tears after winning a golf tournament.
Read Paul Kimmage's full interview with Rory McIlroy in today's Sunday Independent.