“I needed time for my mental and emotional health.”
Rory McIlroy (34, Northern Ireland), who lived in seclusion for a month after the shocking rejection of Kurt at the Masters last month, is back. It is the Wells Fargo Championship, a special tournament held at the Quail Harlow Club (par 71, 7538 yards) in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA for four days from the 4th (local time).
McIlroy said in an interview with the US Golf Channel on the 3rd, “I’ve been at home for the past few weeks and now I think his head is clearer than before.”
World No. 3 McIlroy challenged the Career Grand Slam at the Masters. The Masters was the only final button he did not win among the four major tournaments. For this tournament, he changed his putter and shortened the length of his driver’s shaft.
But the results were not pretty. For two days, he hit a 5-over par of 149 and suffered the humiliation of missing Kurt. He started with even par on the first day, but collapsed with 5 over par in the second round, and left Augusta National GC without even giving a media interview.
The next schedule was RBC Heritage, a special event that top-ranked players must participate in, but he did not participate without specific reasons. He previously skipped the Sentry Tournament of Champions, his first major event of the year. Top-ranked players are only allowed to miss once this season, causing fierce backlash from his fellow players.
McIlroy, who remained silent despite criticism from both inside and outside the golf world, returned to the field with the Wells Fargo Championship. This is a meaningful place where he won two more championships in 2015 and 2021 after his first PGA Tour victory in 2010. McIlroy said, “I realized that there are still three major tournaments left this year, and there are many tournaments to be played. I think this break has been a good opportunity to change my mind.”
After playing Scotty Cameron putters a few times this season, he got his old putter back in his hands. TaylorMade Spider X. “I had my best putting season last year,ㅋㅋㅋ벳 so there’s no need to throw the baby out with the bathwater,” he said.
Will McIlroy, who has shaken off the shock of Kurt’s elimination, be able to roar again? He has already written a reversal drama in 2021. That year, he was knocked out of cut at Augusta National, but lifted the championship trophy at Wells Fargo, where he joined immediately after. After the 2020-2021 season, McIlroy showed the potential to finish in the top 10 five times in the competition that took place immediately after being eliminated from the cut seven times.