Sunday 25 February 2018

Marie Murray: If Rory’s ever to get out of bunker he needs to let go

A dejected Rory during his second round –‘the golfer is in competition with
himself or herself and with each and everyone before and after’.
A dejected Rory during his second round –‘the golfer is in competition with himself or herself and with each and everyone before and after’.

Marie Murray

Much has been made of the McIlroy meltdown and there have been a rake of theories about why this talented young man whose star was in the ascendant should come tumbling back to Earth so dramatically.

The question of whether he will make the cut at Muirfield is being asked (as it later turned out, he wouldn't). What a question that is for somebody who at such a young age had so many triumphs behind him and who now seems to be facing into the abyss of not even knowing himself what is happening to him and why.

There are a thousand reasons given for the latest meltdown. The classic thesis is that he was just too young to be in the limelight and that the pressure has caught up, that an older head might have managed success more steadily, that too many changes have happened to McIlroy in too short a time: his lifestyle, his personal relationships, his social world, his financial status, the demands on him and the great expectations.

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