Rory Mcllroy may have been disappointed with the outcome of the Master but he has bounced back and now shares the lead with Swede Alexander Noren at the Malaysian Open.
The 21-year golfer from Northern Ireland, who showed much promise by leading the Masters at the start, has now matched the eight-under par 64 of Noren during the opening round of the tournament. With this performance, Mcllroy will be joining Noren in Kuala Lumpur for the European Tour event.
Mcllroy led in August for 63 holes until he got an eight-over 80 in a late collapse allowing Charl Schwartzel of South Africa to get the Green Jacket.
As if the 25-hour flight to Asia was not enough, Mcllroy had to endure the stress of temporarily losing his clubs during the trip. But then again, he his strength of character was displayed as he played two fine rounds even under extreme heat and humidity.
It seems Mcllroy is bent on showing everyone that missing out on his first Major will not bring him down.
“It would show more to everyone else other than myself that last week didn’t set me back,” he told the European Tour website.
“I’ve started this week off great but I need to keep going and making birdies and shooting low scores if I want to win.
“11-under after two days here is a great effort considering I’ve traveled so far and not seeing the course. I’m happy with how I played,” he added.
- McIlroy Takes 2-Stroke Lead at Malaysian Open (nytimes.com)