Thursday 22 March 2018

Rory McIlroy looks to follow in Novak Djokovic’s Ibiza footsteps

Rory McIlroy
Rory McIlroy
Declan Whooley

Declan Whooley

If recent history is anything to go by, the smart money will be on Rory McIlroy to win the British Open next week after a holiday to Ibiza the golfer claims provided clarity.

For most holiday-makers, a week in Ibiza is more likely to bring about a change in skin colour, dehydration and the polar opposite of any kind of professional focus, but McIlroy viewed his week in the sun somewhat differently.

"It was the first time in four years that I had gone on a lads' trip," McIlroy said.

"It was great. I chilled out and it was nice to get away from the game for a bit. I didn't touch a golf club while I was there. But once I got back, I really wanted to get back into it again."

He isn’t the only sports star recently to head for the Mediterranean island to step away from the glare of the sports arena. If McIlroy was keeping an eye on Wimbledon on Sunday then he will have been greatly encouraged to visit the party-island.

Following his French Open Final defeat to rival Rafa Nadal, Novak Djokovic decided that the perfect remedy to his sporting disappointment was to venture to the island off Valencia with a bunch of mates and kick back for the week in early June.

The Serb, who got engaged to his long-term partner last September, was thought to have included the trip as part of his stag celebrations.

As anyone who witnessed the classic five-set decider between Djokovic and Roger Federer on Wimbledon’s Centre Court, whatever they got up to in Ibiza, it certainly didn’t affect his tennis performances negatively.

McIlroy was rumoured to have found romance during the holiday, which for a player of his calibre is probably easier than finding the fairway.

Soon have to turn his attention quickly from birds to birdies as next week McIlroy will pitch up at Royal Liverpool Golf Club in search of a maiden Open victory.

A lads holiday may not be everyone’s idea of preparation for a major sporting event, but if it was good enough for Djokovic, it may well be good enough for the Holywood native.

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