Rory McIlroy made a bold Christmas statement to arch-rival Jordan Spieth when he claimed the American would not carry his magic into 2016.
Perhaps speaking from experience, McIlroy delivered the blow to Spieth by warning him that backing up a career-defining season is actually really f**king hard.
When the Ulsterman closed 2014 with the British Open and PGA Championship, expectations were that 2015 would be a doddle. Only it was anything but. While McIlroy notched four wins this year, he struggled massively in the majors. His July soccer injury forced him out of the British Open and he was rusty at the PGA Championship.
McIlroy warned Spieth that history has not been kind to multiple major winners in a year. In a statement to the Telegraph, he didn’t hold back.
“It will feel completely different for Jordan. If you look at the stats at how those who have had a double-major season have performed the next year — well, it’s hard to back up. It just is. There’s so much expectation, so much attention and focus. And I think it is more self-inflicted pressure really as your expectations are so high.”
One thing is for sure, McIlroy is speaking from experience and Spieth should take notice. 2016 is not going to be an easy one for the American. If you think otherwise, please make your opinions be heard.