Rory McIlroy's Response on Divorce, Ambitions for PGA Championship, and Golf Course

Rory McIlroy is on the hunt for a Major, as it has been 10 years since he last won one

by Sead Dedovic
Rory McIlroy's Response on Divorce, Ambitions for PGA Championship, and Golf Course
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The story of Rory McIlroy's divorce from Erica Stoll is the main topic in the golf scene. According to media headlines, Rory McIlroy has filed for divorce, but further details are not known. What is certain is that the 35-year-old golfer will compete in the PGA Championship, ready to produce results and continue his excellent form. 

Of course, the press conference couldn't pass without questions about his personal life, focusing on the divorce. Reporters didn't want to be direct, knowing Rory wouldn't discuss his private life, but one reporter indirectly asked, "Rory, how do you feel on a personal level?" Rory understood the reporter's intentions and briefly replied, "I am ready to play this week."

Rory McIlroy is on the hunt for a Major, as it has been 10 years since he last won one. The Northern Irishman is aware that he faces a tough task, but the form he is in promises that he could produce a positive result. The most important for him is that he feels good. Considering he is coming to a course where he once played, Rory has highlighted that he had a great day on Sunday. He has carefully analyzed the situation, hoping that this will be the moment when he halts his negative trend, given that he has failed to lift a Major trophy for 9 years.

“I feel good,” said McIlroy, as quoted by belfasttelegraph.

“Obviously had a great day on Sunday at a golf course that I’ve grown to love over the years and had a lot of success at, coming to a venue where I’ve had some success at before as well.

Obviously get to go back to Quail Hollow every year. Don’t really get to come back here too much. Today was the first time I was on the golf course since 10 years ago, so it was good to refamiliarise myself with the place."

McIlroy stressed that Valhalla Golf Course offers players a sense of freedom due to its spacious layout. The wide fairways, reminiscent of last week's course at Quail Hollow, provide much room for players to unleash their drives and take calculated risks from there.

Rory McIlroy reflected on Valhalla, with an emphasis on European players and their poor record at the PGA Championship. Looking at the history of this competition, there aren't many European players who have had significant success in this tournament. Rory McIlroy had the opportunity to win this competition twice, in 2012 and 2014. Putting emphasis on the golf course, some believe that Europeans struggle to perform on courses where US players excel.

“I mean, I think if you think of quintessential American golf, I think golf courses that we go to for the PGA Championship are usually somewhat like these,” he said.

“I would say Kiawah was a little bit different, or maybe even somewhere like Southern Hills a couple of years ago. But I don’t know if I can put my finger on it."

McIlroy pointed out the historical importance of Graeme McDowell's win in the US Open, stating that he was the first European or British player to achieve this feat since Tony Jacklin in 1970. He suggested that success in golf tends to follow cyclical patterns. McIlroy then elaborated on the characteristics of the golf course, stressing its large size, thick rough, and soft greens, which he believes align more closely with the style of play typically seen from American golfers.

Graeme McDowell won US Open (2010)
Graeme McDowell won US Open (2010)© Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images Sport

Rory McIlroy: What can he do at the PGA Championship?

Despite everything, Rory McIlroy is an experienced player on American soil, able to adapt to various conditions. For this 35-year-old, playing on any course poses no problem given his skills. Considering he has previously won this tournament twice, some believe Northern Ireland's McIlroy can repeat the feat.

Fans of the sport give him significant odds for success, especially considering his recent form in the last two tournaments. Betting agencies also consider Rory a potential winner, ranking him as the second favorite for victory, behind Scottie Scheffler.

McIlroy has never been the type of golfer who enjoys being under pressure or having high expectations placed upon him. It seems that he doesn't perform his best when the pressure is on. However, Rory has emphasized that he's been working a lot on his mentality, aiming to ignore media headlines, expectations, and to focus on his game.

Northern Ireland's McIlroy has shown in recent months how hungry he is for success, seeking advice from Butch Harmon and working hard on every aspect of his game. When you have the desire to succeed, it's certain that you'll be rewarded with good results. Rory has been shining brightly lately.

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