Though his press conferences this week haven’t given much away, Rory McIlroy appears to have set his sights on tackling the shortcomings in his game that cost him this year’s Masters. He was spotted earlier in the week working on his putting with two-time major winner and short-game virtuoso Dave Stockton.
While such a move implies an admission of weakness on McIlroy’s part, the Northerner has been anxious to sound positive ahead of his title defence:
“You can’t let other people influence what you’re thinking and what you should do. I’ve taken my own views from what happened a few weeks ago and moved on, and that’s the most important thing… I’m fine. It was a great chance to win a first major, but it’s golf. It’s only golf at the end of the day,” he said.
“No one died. Very happy with my life, very happy with what’s going on, very happy with my game, you know, so I’m looking forward to this week.”
McIlroy shied away from giving the impression that wholesale change was afoot, but he did admit to re-evaluating one aspect of his relationship with the media:
“I had a good chat with Greg Norman the week after I was in Malaysia, and he sort of just said to me … from now on, don’t read golf magazines, don’t pick up papers, don’t watch the Golf Channel.”
He might also want to have a think about accepting advice from Greg Norman, but that’s another matter altogether. Here’s hoping Norman’s media blackout excluded WUP.