World No. 3 Rory McIlroy is a promising 22 year old golfer whose talent for the game and his frankness with the questions has made people sit up and notice him. He is being regarded as the next big thing in the golfing circuit.
McIlroy has been playing superbly since he went pro. He won the US Open with a beautiful eight-stroke win, which prompted Tiger Woods to personally congratulate him on the win. McIlroy made the US Open look like an easy tournament, carving out a place in the top with a round of 65, six under par.
Playing against American Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson, McIlroy looked like a complete professional rather than a young golfer. He remained calm and composed, avoiding bogeys and maintaining his birdies. He had six birdies in total. McIlroy had experiences where he had a two-shot or four-shot lead only to give with away by shooting 80 the very next day and giving up his chances of winning. He did this at the Masters, 2011 and the Open’s Championship last year. Instead of letting these embarrassing and difficult loses to adversely affect him, Rory McIlroy has emerged out of it stronger and better.
The loss at the Masters in Augusta, McIlroy believes is the most painful experience of his life and he was frank enough to admit that he felt embarrassed and humiliated by his poor stroke and was close to tears. What is great about this young player is that he is candid about his feelings and could rise up above his fears and silences the ghost of the Masters, with an astounding win at the US Open in Congressional Country Club, finishing the final day with a fair lead.
This win, ensured Rory McIlroy to end the year with a place in the Queen’s New Years honours list, and winning the MBE.