Rory breaks out of his slump in a big way…

Rory and his caddie Harry

Rory’s 3rd win at the Wells Fargo Championship came at the perfect time, as he broke out of a 18-month slump where he was winless and searching for his game. Quail Hollow has proven to get the best out of McIlroy as he’s won there 3 times and his win Sunday gives 19 PGA Tour victories. The last time Rory had won was at the WGC-HSBC Champions tournament in Shanghai, China. The most interesting takeaway from his win this past week is that he was getting ready to withdraw due to neck pain which started on the range on Wednesday. Rory stated “…my neck sort of locked up and I had no mobility in the backswing…if I had a morning tee time on Thursday I probably would’ve withdrawn from the tournament”. Luckily for Rory, his tee time was in the afternoon on Thursday so he was able to get some treatment on his neck before teeing off which loosened him up for the rest of the week. The PGA Championship at Kiawah Island is getting here soon and McIlroy’s win at the Wells Fargo has him rising in the odds to win rankings. Oh yeah…it may be worth noting that Rory won the 2012 PGA Championship at Kiawah Island (Ocean Course) by 8 shots over David Lynn, so he’s got some good history with this particular venue as well. McIlroy’s win this past week just goes to show how quick things change for guys on tour. Just in 4 days, the perceptions of Rory’s golf game go from “he’s lost it.., he doesn’t have it right now…, he’s looking for his swing…” to “Rory’s back…, look out for Rory at the PGA, McIlroy has found his game!”. Rory’s perception of golf has changed a lot since having his first newborn in 2020, so it’s understandable as to why he’s been struggling for the past 18 months. Winning at Wells Fargo may be just what Rory needed to get his confidence back leading into the Summer full of Majors!

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