This Masters tournament may have been won by American Scottie Scheffler. However, Rory McIlroy can be proud of how he fought back to finish second having been the third round of the Masters twelve shots off the winner. The Green Jacket still proves elusive for the Ulster man and his last major win was the PGA Championship way back in August 2014 at Valhalla Country Club nearly eight years ago but after yesterday’s second place and finishing three shots off the lead there has been renewed optimism for the Ulster man going forward in the rest of this years majors.
Rory McIlroy hopefully will the Green Jacket a prize that you get if you win the US Masters. There is no denying that Rory has a lot of natural talent but that is not much use if you are not consistent enough with it. He can hit the ball a mile off the tee but it is his putting that lets him down from time to time at crucial stages in Major Championships. He has only won four majors (2011 US Open, 2012 PGA Championship, 2014 Open Championship, 2014 PGA Championship) which is not bad in itself to be fair but many Golf fans and observers think he should have won more by now.
There is more competition in Golf nowadays compared to the late 1990s to 2000s Tiger Woods era. This is possibly going to make it harder for McIlroy to win lots of majors due to the competition that would not have been as strong even ten years ago. Yesterday’s superb round of 64 when all looked lost showed strong mental strength and focus from Rory. These are key traits in the game of Golf. The chip in from the bunker at 18 from McIlroy just shows the magic that he is capable of creating.
Here are some of the tweets describing McIlroy’s Masters:
WALK-OFF HOLE-OUT @McIlroyRory shoots 64 to match the lowest final-round score in Masters history. He’s 3 off the lead.
Former Irish soccer player Kevin Kilbane said:
It just goes to show that Golf as much as other sports is a game of opinions. Rory McIlroy may not be World Number 1 golfer at the minute but after the final round at Augusta he can take confidence going into future tournaments. The wait for an Irish Golfer to win the Green Jacket must go on but to have Rory McIlroy and Shane Lowry finishing 2nd and 3rd respectively was a great result for the Irish golfers. Lets hope this will springboard them onto some future success down the line.