Rory McIlroy Reveals Motivation Behind Solid Performance at Wells Fargo Championship

Published 05/09/2021, 1:19 PM EDT


Rory McIlroy is enjoying his game at the Wells Fargo Championship. The 32-year-old is looking to break a winless drought that has been spanning for more than 500 days. He’s perfectly poised to do it at the Quail Hollow Club, where he’s a fan favorite and also has an impressive record. 

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McIlroy has not been enduring a good time on the PGA Tour. There have been worries with his game, especially the swing, but the four-time Major winner is determined to get back to winning ways. 

Winning means delivering four strong rounds in a PGA Tour event. That’s just what McIlroy is aiming to do at the Wells Fargo Championship. He has massive experience competing at the Quail Hollow Club, and the limited fans are doing their part in guiding him towards victory. 

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May 8, 2021; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Rory McIlroy on the 9th green during the third round of the Wells Fargo Championship golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

“You know, I said atmosphere. But there was certainly a buzz especially. I got to go in there and the front nine and even Scott, who I was playing with made a couple of birdies as well… But just so cool to play in an atmosphere like that again, I’ve, I’ve missed it. I didn’t think I’d miss it as much as I did,” McIlroy said of the Quail Hollow crowd. 

Rory McIlroy looking ride high on the external confidence

It’s been more than a year since Rory McIlroy won a PGA Tour event. It will become two, if he fails to do so before November 2022. Things have been rough in recent weeks, but the Wells Fargo Championship came in as the perfect event to turn things around. 

No other golfer has won two Wells Fargo Championships in his career, except Rory McIlroy. He holds the course’s 18-hole and 72-hole records, and the fans love him at Charlotte, North Carolina. 

“I didn’t think I’d miss it as much as I did. When we came back, I felt that I actually enjoy the quietness and but I sort of realized that, you know, I, it’s hard for me to bring the best out of myself without that atmosphere that we had today,” McIlroy mentioned. 

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The atmosphere at Quail Hollow was energetic, and McIlroy couldn’t help himself and set his putter on fire. He made six birdies in Round 2, and then went on a bogey-free run in the subsequent round. 

Rory McIlroy (-7), is currently two strokes behind leader Keith Mitchell (-9). The final round at Quail Hollow will certainly test the nerves of these two players. Who do you think will come out on top? 

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Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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