- Rory McIlroy started off with three great rounds at the Northern Trust Open
- He ended at T-20 with a 75 for his worst round on Sunday
Rory McIlroy had a tough week, from being criticized for doing some squats to flopping on Sunday at the Northern Trust.
No one knows better than the professionals that golf is a mental sport. No matter how talented you are at the game, if your head is not in it, than you won’t be playing well. Despite having been called out by Brandon Chamblee for doing too many squats, McIlroy was performing beautifully the first few days at the Riviera Country Club. He opened with a 67-69-67. So what made Rory fall apart on Sunday??
Sunday is the pressure day of any tournament. Even if you’ve made the cut and you’re on top of the leaderboard, you’re still not safe from slipping. Sunday is when the leaderboard changes the most because there are fewer players and anything can happen during one round of golf.
McIlroy eagled the par-5 first hole Sunday to tie for the lead, but a silly three-putt on the par-3 fourth put a damper on his whole day. When you make a mistake like that early on, you can either shrug it off or let it own you. Unfortunately Rory let it own him and he went on to make 7 bogeys that day. He ended the round with a birdie and a score of 75, finishing tied for 20th place.
He may look happy with that last birdie, but we all know he wanted to come out a bit higher on the score board that day. Hopefully he will learn to either never three-putt again on a Sunday, or to not let those three-putts get to him. Those first three days should be what people are talking about. If you watched at all, you would know that he was hitting the ball so purely, it looked majestic. This was a great way to open his PGA Tour debut, no matter how Sunday ended. Either way he went home with a positive attitude and some nice West Coast burgers.
Rory also made the cut, which is more than Jordan Spieth can say for himself..