Rory Mcllroy is the talk of the town right now. Following his incredible weekend at the Masters last weekend, his every move is being watched with interest.
No golf fans or those placing free bets on the sport will need reminding of Mcllroy’s exploits at the Masters. He led for the majority of the tournament before a dramatic collapse on the final day saw him finish way off the lead, with Charl Schwartzel securing the green jacket.
Responding positively though, Mcllroy picked himself up from this disappointment to take part in the Malaysian Open almost straight away and was rewarded with a third-place finish.
This means he has moved up the world rankings too, climbing from ninth to seventh. For a 21-year-old this is very impressive and it shows what a fantastic talent Mcllroy is.
Critics will look at how much better the last couple of weeks could have been though. He lost a winning position at the Masters as we all know and he actually repeated this feat in Malaysia.
The Northern Irishman led through Saturday’s play, only to falter on Sunday and eventually hand the title to 17-year-old Italian sensation Matteo Manassero.
So, it could have very easily had been two title wins for Mcllroy if he had enjoyed better final rounds in Augusta and Kuala Lumpur.
He should look at things more positively though. At a very young age he is competing in high-profile tournaments and is currently the 7th best player in the world. This isn’t bad for a 21-year-old lad from Holywood in Northern Ireland.
Just look at the players he shares a top ten place with – Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Lee Westwood to name a few. He is in illustrious company and deserves his place amongst golf’s elite.
Of course, he doesn’t want to make a habit of faltering at the final hurdle, but he can emerge from the last couple of tournaments having learned plenty of lessons.
The fact that he was able to focus himself to perform well in Malaysia after the disastrous final day at the Masters says a lot about his character.
He is positive, has massive self-belief and will no doubt win many, many titles during his career. You should get a free bets on him to win something this year, that’s for sure.
Reflecting on the Malaysian Open, Mcllroy said: “I’m proud of myself at how I picked myself up from last week and the way I came back on the back nine.”
So he should be proud. He could have easily have gone hiding for a few weeks, but he choose to take a 25-hour flight to a tournament to put things right. Despite not winning in Malaysia, he has done just that. Top man Rory.