For those of you who are in the loop with major worldwide golf – you will know exactly what kind of stellar year Rory McIlroy is currently enjoying. For those of you who don’t however, well, you should take notice, because it is the kind of success story most aspiring golfers should get on board with.
After a far from impressive stint between the latter stages of 2012 and throughout 2013, Rory is now finally enjoying his golf again. But before we detail exactly why any prospective golfers should be looking up to the man from Northern Ireland at this current moment in time, let’s take a quick look at just how much of a turnaround the 25-year-old has enjoyed.
After rounding off 2012 in stunning style with a Race to Dubai triumph – ensuring he matched Luke Donald’s efforts of the previous year in securing victory in both the PGA Tour and the European Tour, his 2013 began, continued and ended in a whimper. In fact, if you had looked for his name in any of the sports news and betting sections around that time – such as http://www.bet365.com/news/en/betting – you likely wouldn’t have found him! Of course, nowadays punters never fail to enjoy a wager on McIlroy as he transformed himself into a household name.
Equipment changes and off the green issues – one of the being a dispute over the aforementioned club changes – saw McIlroy go through 2013 with just the Emirates Australian Open to celebrate, however upon his return to golf in 2014, it seemed that we were witnessing the return of the old Rory.
Initial signs were shown in January, when a two shot penalty was the only thing between him and the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, although the penalty was largely considered to be the result of harsh ruling, rather than a mistake on his part.
In March Rory lost a playoff for the Honda Classic, but again, the overall performance was promising and at Wentworth, England, he finally conjured up a winning effort. A stunning final day round of 66 took him past the previous leader Thomas Bjorn and into first place, before he followed the win up with success at The Open Championship at Royal Liverpool – seeing off Rickie Fowler and Sergio Garcia in a play-off to do so.
It was at this moment that Rory was truly back to his best and he has since gone on to win other major events and reclaim his spot as world number one in the rankings. The ability to turn around such a lacklustre year not only in his golfing career, but with his personal and private life considering the off the green incidents he was dealing with is simply remarkable.
It is the kind of feel-good story that shows to young, aspiring golfers – and sportsmen and women in general – that no matter what the setback, it is important to tough it out and keep giving 100%. If you keep doing so for long enough, you will eventually be rewarded.
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