McIlroy Flying First Class
By Conor Nagle under The Masters
“Flying to Malaysia with charl! Glad one of us has a green jacket on!!!”

Rory McIlroy took to Twitter yesterday evening to post a picture of himself with Masters champion Charl Schwartzel (along with the caption above). The two were sharing a flight to Kuala Lumpur ahead of this week’s Malaysian Open.


[Ed. note: Pure class, but I’d expect nothing less. He’s always handled tough situations with grace and humility — after the 80 at the British Open when he bravely faced the press and cracked, “Well, I two-putted for a solid 80.” At regular events if he has a bad round, like after the third round at the Honda Classic, he’ll chat with the press candidly and just accept that it wasn’t his day out there. Obviously, he’s never experienced a gut-wrenching meltdown of such proportions during the Masters with millions of people across the world watching — the majority of which are now probably massive Rory McIlroy fans. He admitted to buckling under pressure, which is forgivable, because, well, we’re only human. As cliche as it sounds, the best we can do is learn from our mistakes and address the problem. Someone please get him Dave Stockton’s number (or the mental coach that Luke Donald worked with). –Steph]