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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 294
receptive greens. But it often wreaks havoc when the wind blows. Just look at his opening round of the US Open at Shinnecock Hills. Whipping winds bullied the 29-year-old, who equalled the worst major round of his career with 10 over 80. The conditions caused errant approach shots and ultimately heaped pressure onto his putting. It was a similar story at St Andrews during the 2010 Open Championship. McIlroy tied (what was then) the lowest round in major history with a nine under 63, before the wind swept him away to an 80 the very next day. He played tremendously well to capture the 2014 Open Championship at Royal Liverpool. But he was on the right side of the draw and played in benign conditions. The same can be said about his victory at the 2016 Irish Open – which was played inland on the Palmer Course at The K Club. This all begs the question: What will happen at Ballyliffin this week? The 63rd Irish Open could simply add to McIlroy’s homeland woes. Or it could become the crucial stepping stone COVER STORY
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