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Golf Australia Express : Issue 49
“To be honest, it did motivate me,” he said of the criticism. “I did want to go out there and prove a few people wrong. It took me all of four weeks to get my game back in shape and get out of my 'mini-slump'.” The mini-slump refers to a poor stretch that included four missed cuts in five events, including the US Open as the defending champ. Yet McIlroy’s season stats tell a different story. From 12 events he’s had seven top 10s, including two wins, two runners-up and a third placing. He’s pocketed more than $4.9 million and sits second on the FedEx Cup standings. The PGA Championship win on Sunday turned a solid season into a great one. So great, in fact, that the inevitable comparisons with Tiger Woods were again being bandied about. The younger star has a similarly flashy game that can produce the uncanny at the right time. McIlroy’s second major win comes at a younger age than Woods by four months (although Woods did turn professional later than McIlroy). And his major wins were both thrashings to the tune of eight shots. That’s only happened five times at a major since 1976 with Tiger owning three wins of eight shots or more to McIlroy’s two. R-Mac even wore a red shirt for Sunday’s round, a customary TW-defining outfit. But as far the comparisons go with arguably the greatest player the game has seen, McIlroy thinks they’re far too early. “I've won my second major at the same age as he had," McIlroy said. “But he went on that incredible run like 2000, 2001, 2002, and won so many. “I'd love to sit up here and tell you that I'm going to do the same thing, but I just don't know. It's been great to win my first major last year and to back that up with another one this year." For now, McIlroy sits on top of the world of golf once again. And you can imagine he’s enjoying the view more than ever. OTG "I did want to go out there and prove a few people wrong. It took me all of four weeks to get my game back in shape. COVER STORY THE RORY: A Fan Favourite McIlroy answered critics who said his relationship with tennis star Caroline Wozniacki was hurting his game , by annihilating the field at the PGA Championship. Point taken Rory.
Issue 48—PGA Championship