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Golf: McIlroy’s Near Misses

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“It is remarkable that a player as accomplished as McIlroy is still a work in progress in so many ways,” writes John Feinstein who concludes, “McIlroy will never say it, but he believes when he has his, “A game” as a young Tiger Woods might say, he should always win.”
 
The record shows
John writes, It isn’t as if McIlroy doesn’t know how to get to the finish line. He just turned 29 earlier this month and has already won four major championships, two WGC events, a FedEx Cup title and 24 tournaments worldwide. He’s been a lock future Hall-of-Famer for a while now.”
 
But then there’s, “On one hand, he’s had five top-fives—a win, two seconds, a T-3 and a T-5—already this year. On the other hand, he could be running away with all the player-of-the-year awards if he’d been a better Sunday closer than he’s been.”
 
So what’s the problem?
Ewen Murray writes, “I think McIlroy has a slight problem with alignment right now. He is a natural drawer of the ball, whereas I think this weekend he was set up to fade the ball when his natural reaction was the other way. That fact he got around in 70 playing like that shows what a quality player he is.” And sounds more positive for Rory’s future prospects with the Majors plus the  Memorial to come.
“Players of McIlroy's calibre and with their natural talent are only one or two shots away from play well again. He can change things in a second or two.”
 
Link to John Feinstein and Ewen Murray  
 
Quote of the Day
 “When you struggle with your putting, it’s easy to think too much. I was thinking about far too many things.” - Rory McIlroy
 
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