The young man from Holywood, Co. Down in Northern Ireland didn’t win the masters in the end with a final round he’ll want to forget, but that he’ll do well to remember as he progresses through his career. Leading the way for three rounds, he had a four shot lead at the start of the final day’s play. Many pundits believed that if he held par around the 18 holes at the Augusta National Golf Club he’d have done enough.
Sadly it wasn’t to be. He bogeyed the first hole and despite getting through the front nine holes on –11 and still in front, the back nine killed him. In the end Rory finished on –4, dropping a massive eight shots on the day, with seven of those on the back nine (six on holes 10, 11 & 12).
Reading his comments this morning on the BBC and on Twitter, it’s hard not to be impressed by his maturity. Honestly, I’m not sure I could have been so philosophical & forward looking as that, given the battering he’d just given himself!!
Back at the British Open he went off at a blistering pace & then failed to capitalise ending up in the pack. At the US Masters, he got the start, consolidated but couldn’t finish. He’s shown progress from one Major to the other, hopefully he will learn from this experience, back-pocket the learning & complete the plan next time out.
From a supporter’s perspective, it was painful to watch & see him falter so badly, but he did give me a lot of hope and pride over the four days. So all I can say is thank you to Rory McIlroy for the enjoyment and perversely, the drama. Keep going lad, you’ve got a bright future ahead if you keep learning the lessons.