Former world number one in golf Rory McIlroy has admitted that he understands exactly how Aussie golfer Adam Scott feels after suffering a shock defeat at the hands of veteran South African golfer Ernie Els on the final day of the British Championship, after leading the event throughout. The Northern Irishman has offered words of encouragement and support for the 32 year old, after he blew the title on the final day by a single stroke.
McIlroy suffered a collapse similar to the one suffered by Scott two months before he won the US Open last year, as he squandered a lead of 4 shots heading into the final 18 holes of the Augusta Masters of 2011. Having begun with a 65 in the first round at Augustan, the then 21 year old managed to close the round on a high 80, eventually finishing 10 shots behind the winner. And having slipped to third in the golf rankings after the British Championship, Rory McIlroy added that Scott must be going through exactly the same phase that he went through a year back.
And speaking about his performance at The Open this year, McIlroy was extremely disappointed, having come with high hopes, only to finish with an eight over par. But he admitted that this was nothing compared to the disappointment that Adam Scott must be feeling after bogeying the last four holes to finish a stroke behind Ernie Els. And McIlroy took to the social media Twitter to explain that he understood how the Australian might be feeling and explained that it was not a good one.
Meanwhile, Rory McIlroy has expressed his excitement at golf making its debut at the Olympic Games in Rio in Brazil in 2016, and added that he will also be in London during this year’s Olympics.