‘Getting There’ – Rory McIlroy Elucidates His Struggles at The Open Championship 2021

Published 07/17/2021, 2:21 PM EDT
Golf – Scottish Open – The Renaissance Club, North Berwick, Scotland, Britain – July 9, 2021 Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy during the second round REUTERS/Russell Cheyne


Rory McIlroy had a rollercoaster Round 3 at the 2021 Open Championship. He registered 69 for the day and remained -1 for the tournament. But this score is not going to end his major drought. And he will remain without a major for another season. 

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The four-time major championship winner scored five birdies and a bogey, showcasing vintage McIlroy golf on Saturday at the Royal St. George’s. But unfortunately, he dropped three strokes on the back-nine and also remained birdie-free.

A few birdies in the back nine would have got him close to the leader going into Sunday. However, he is currently way behind and has no chance of getting up there with the leaders. 

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Rory McIlroy unfolds his round-three performance

Golf – The 149th Open Championship – Royal St George’s, Sandwich, Britain – July 15, 2021 Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy in action during the first round REUTERS/Paul Childs

In the post-round interview, McIlroy expressed his thoughts about his game saying:

“Sort of a tale of two nines. I played great on the front nine, hit some really good iron shots and converted some putts, and really got it going,” the Northern Irishman told the media after his third round.

“Then the back nine played tough. They’re sort of tucking the pins away. They’ve stretched the golf course out to as long as it can play. I was hitting 2-iron into the 11th hole, that par-3, and I missed a short putt there for par, and it kind of killed the momentum I had.”

“Not birdieing the par-5 and making another couple bogeys on the way in, certainly it felt like a better round than 1-under par, but it was encouraging to see some of the golf that I played on that front nine.”

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“It’s just a matter of trying to keep that going and try to turn those nine-hole stretches into 18-hole stretches, and then those 18-hole stretches into whole tournaments.”

“It’s getting there,” McIlroy added.

Apart from those five birdies, Rory McIlroy made a superb par on the 10th after finding thick rough off the tee and then got into a greenside bunker. So getting par on this par-4 was as good as his five birdies on the front-nine. 

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Amey Kulkarni is a Golf writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in mass media. Before joining EssentiallySports he used to write articles on Golf and Cricket on his personal blog cricgolf.

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