‘Same for Everyone’ – Rory McIlroy Names Major Aspect That Helps Succeed in Major Championships

Published 07/11/2021, 11:00 AM EDT
May 22, 2021; Kiawah Island, South Carolina, USA; Rory McIlroy hits from the sixteenth tee box during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports


Rory McIlroy pushed himself to play the Scottish Open 2021 in order to warm up for the upcoming British Open. The 32-year-old, however, missed the cut, much to everyone’s disappointment. This is certainly not a good sign with a major championship lurking, but McIlroy is counting on his experience to help him get into contention at Royal St. George’s Golf Club. 

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It is essential to know that Rory McIlroy missed the cut at the 2019 Open Championship. An opening round 75 largely laid the damage as even a subsequent 65 in the second could not help him qualify for the weekend. 

McIlroy emphasizes that the key to succeeding at major championships is staying consistent. A player does not have to post back-to-back spectacular rounds, but rather remain solid with his striking through 72 holes. 

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“At the grand old age of 32, I like the fact that it’s probably more of a mental challenge than a physical one because I feel like I can use my experience to hang in there,” McIlroy said. 

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 has gathered plenty of experience playing at Royal St. George’s

The Royal St. George’s Golf Club has hosted 14 British Opens in the past. The golf course is renowned for its tricky layout, and Rory McIlroy has played here before. McIlroy finished T25 when he last played at this venue in 2011. 

“But that’s the great thing about golf: You just never know. I think the big thing with St. Georges, though, is you know that you know you might get some unlucky breaks, but you’re going to get some good breaks, too. The ball is going to take some different bounces here and there. But if you just pack your patience and understand that it’s the same for everyone, the good and the bad bounces should all level out over 72 holes,” McIlroy mentioned

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After missing the Scottish Open cut, Rory McIlroy flew to England and played a practice round at Royal St. George’s on Sunday. He played 11 holes and observed how the course is playing in the current conditions. 

While one might comprehend that this would give Rory McIlroy an edge over the others, it certainly is not the case. McIlroy played a similar practice round before the 2011 British Open with Darren Clarke, who then went on to win the tournament. 

 “At that point it didn’t look like Darren was anywhere near winning the golf tournament,” McIlroy recalled. 

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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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