Rory McIlroy at the Memorial Tournament 2014
Posted at May 30, 2014
Rory McIlroy is back on top form as he follows up his BMW PGA Championship victory with a stunning opening round at The Memorial Tournament!
With the prolonged absence of Tiger Woods this season, an even greater proportion of the attention has been focused on Rory McIlroy and none more so than over the past week and a half. He got everyone talking after splitting with his fiancé prior to the BMW PGA Championship but then, of course, followed up the disappointment off the course with eventual jubilation at Wentworth last weekend. Tour commitments and ongoing preparations for the US Open meant Rory instantly had to jump on a flight and travel a mere 3,800 miles to the Memorial Tournament in Ohio, but the lack of rest and down-time clearly had no effect on his game.
An opening round of nine under par, which included two eagles and a double bogey, puts Rory McIlroy firmly in the lead at The Memorial by three shots. The course was evidently playing to Rory's liking as he played some incredible attacking golf, with his stunning effort of only 22 putts affirming his superiority over the rest of the field. Playing alongside Adam Scott in what had been billed as the new 'Woods vs Mickelson', Rory bounced back from a disappointing double bogey at the 14th with an immediate eagle and birdie, whereas the world number one failed to restart his round after his double at the ninth - eventually settling for a 69 (-3).
It may be a minor instance to compare upon, but just maybe this suggests Rory McIlroy has a slight advantage over last weekend's Crowne Plaza champion when it comes to mental strength and the ability to bounce back. As if we needed any more evidence of his mental strength after that roller coaster week at the BMW PGA!