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Golf: Rory’s Rise To Number One – And The Reason Why He’ll Do It

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“Greg Norman believes that Caroline Wozniacki holds the key to Rory McIlroy’s seemingly inevitable march towards becoming world number one.”

Brian Keogh at the Irish Golf Desk has some insightful stuff about young Rory. His failures, successes and his present chosen partner.  Greg says, “Caroline Wozniacki is probably the best partner Rory can have because she is physically strong, she has to be that way for her sport”

This weekend, Caroline is catching a plane to West Palm Beach so that she can be there for him as Rory attempts to overtake Luke Donald and become, “The first Irish player to reach top of the Offical World Golf Rankings.”
Now there’s something I wasn’t aware of until Brian broke the surprising news.

Brian has just been revealed that, “Trying to be like Tiger cost me Masters – McIlroy” And Rory’s let down reminds me of Bobby Jones who once said he’d learned more from his defeats than his victories.

Brian writes, “Rory McIlroy confessed that trying to act like Tiger Woods cost him the Masters. But realising that mistake helped him become a major winner and the hottest players in the game."

“It might have been the occasion got to me.  To be honest, I think growing up watching Tiger all those years win those majors, he gives out this aura where everything is just so focused.

“It’s like, ‘I’m going to rip your head off’ on that first tee.  I felt like that’s the way I needed to be to win a major.  But I quickly found out that that isn’t me and that isn’t how I play my best golf.”

Rory’s lesson learned was to be yourself. Don’t try to Jones-it, Hogan-it or Tiger-it.
I recall that Arnie, while going through a bad patch and reflecting on his poor performances once said, “I’m trying to Hogan-it.” Trying to play with the cool, calm precision of the wee Ice Mon instead of being his cavalier self.”

Here’s the links to Brian here and here

Quote of the Day
“I was trying to be ultra-focused, tunnel-visioned, which just isn’t like me. I’m usually pretty chatty and sort of looking around and being quite relaxed about the whole thing.” – Rory reflecting on his lesson learned at the Masters

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