Rory McIlroy reflects on his emotional post-game interviews after the Ryder Cup singles match and what made him realize himself as a golfer.
The standings currently count Rory McIlroy 14th, but confirm that he is “the best player in the world” when he reached his highest level.
McIlroy was ranked world number one when the Covid-19 pandemic hit global sport in March 2020, since hampered by inconsistency and a shaky swing that saw him lower the rankings to its lowest point in 12 years .
Much of his downfall is attributed to his much-publicized pursuit for speed and length after seeing Bryson DeChambeau beat Winged Foot at last year’s US Open, and McIlroy’s partnership with the new swing trainer. Pete Cowen enjoyed early success at the Wells Fargo Championship in May.
However, the quadruple main champion has only scored three places in the top 10 since winning his third title at Quail Hollow, but he made a note of challenge and optimism ahead of this week’s CJ Cup at Shadow Creek in Las Vegas.
“I think when I give my best I’m the best player in the world,” said McIlroy, who plans to compete in the DP World Championship and the World Champions Challenge before leaving for the summer vacation. ‘winter.
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“I haven’t played this way in a while, but I don’t feel like I have to come back this far every time the pandemic hits, when I was the number one player in the world. I don’t have to look far to see my name at the top of the leaderboard.
“Obviously the last 18 months haven’t been what I wanted it to be, but if I keep it clear I’m not that far away. And now there are a lot of great players who clearly really, really play golf.
“I feel like the talent pool is getting deeper every year, so you have to strive to keep trying to improve yourself to stay where you want to stay.
“This is not the position I want to be in, but at the same time there are a lot of other guys trying to do the same as me and I realize that the competition is getting harder and harder. every year. not only try to follow this, but try to become better ”.
McIlroy made his first start since his emotions surfaced after his Ryder Cup victory over Xander Shaveli, jumping to defend Padridge Harrington and insisting that the European captain could not have done much to prevent the US team to break the 19-9 victory record.
Added McIlroy, who lost all three of his games on Friday and Saturday and was knocked out of the session for the first time in his Ryder Cup career.
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“I said at the start, even before the week, the captains, they were setting the tone and maybe creating a bit of culture that week, but at the end of the day we guys over there, we were hitting punches and trying to punch holes, and Europe did not hit punches or punches.
“When you look back, America barricaded itself on more hits than us and they gained momentum from the start. They start the games really fast and have the fans on their side, they gain momentum and when you’re on the other side and you’re trying to fight that it’s very difficult.
“I certainly can’t sit here and criticize anything Padrej has done. The guys should have played better golf and hit holes and we didn’t. ”