Rory McIlroy Delivered a Humbling Statement After Picking Up His 20th Tour Victory

Published 10/18/2021, 6:30 PM EDT
May 9, 2021; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Rory McIlroy poses with the winnerÕs trophy at the Wells Fargo Championship golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports


Rory McIlroy was unhappy with his game during the previous season. Inconsistency and attempts to change his swing in order to emulate fellow golfers marred the Irishman’s game. However, after a series of poor performances, realization finally struck him.

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At the recently concluded CJ Cup, we finally saw McIlroy’s real game. He went on to bag the title and revealed why he is a former world number 1. There has been a visible change in McIlroy’s game since the Ryder Cup ended. A certain assertiveness and determination, and most importantly, self-confidence, were part of his aura.

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McIlroy bagged his 20th PGA tour title with an enormous score of 25-under. Collin Morikawa, second on the leaderboard, missed out on by a single stroke. With this win, McIlroy vaulted places the OWGR rankings on to number 8, a major confidence boost for the 32-year-old.

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Rory McIlroy opens up about CJ Cup win

In his winner’s press conference, McIlroy revealed the change in his mentality and strategy following a poor Ryder Cup performance, where he went a 1-3-0. Let’s take a look at what he said.

When asked how his mentality and game have changed post the biennial cup loss, he said, “Yeah, so, I don’t even think it’s post Ryder Cup related. I think it’s just post the last six months related… I feel like the last couple of weeks I’ve realized that just being me is good enough.”

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“And maybe the last few months I was trying- not trying to be someone else- but maybe trying to add things to my game or take things away from my game,” he added. “You know when I, when I do the things that I do well, you know, this is what I’m capable of. I’m capable of, you know, winning a lot of events on the PGA Tour. And, you know, being the best player in the world; something we talked about at the start of the week as well.”

McIlroy said, “So, it’s just a matter of me getting back to playing golf, and playing golf my way. And that starts with being creative and being visual and maybe sort of, you know, sifting through the technical thoughts, and not maybe being as technical.”

May 9, 2021; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Rory McIlroy gives a fist bump after securing his third Wells Fargo championship during the final round of the Wells Fargo Championship golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

Well, we couldn’t agree more with him! His game definitely shone at the cup and undoubtedly, he is capable of beating all when he plays to the best of his abilities. We’re going to have to keep a close watch on him for the next couple of months!

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Ishita Bhargava

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Ishita Bhargava is a Golf content writer at Essentially Sports. Currently pursuing her undergraduate degree from the Shri Ram College of Commerce, she has a keen interest in sports and fitness. When not playing or watching a sports event, Ishita can be seen spending time with her pets or binge-watching.

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