McGinley on McIlroy’s Mistake at the Masters
Brian Keogh headlines his post, “McGinley on Rory at Augusta: "It was like a guy going around the racetrack in NASCAR — the more he presses, the more he is going to spin off now and again," and given that in my previous post I suggested that Spieth’s putting performance was the difference that made the distinct difference. According to McGinley it was McIlroy’s pressing too hard too soon to catch up with Spieth’s remarkable opening rounds that cost him the Masters.
Learning your lesson then moving on
Brian reminds us of an example when McIlroy appeared to rush things. Then learned his lesson and moved on.
“In 2010, the now world No 1 (McIlroy) opened with a nine under par 63 at the Home of Golf to take a two-shot lead over eventual winner Louis Oosthuizen into the second round.
But he got the wrong side of the draw on Friday and shot an 80 in high winds only to rally to a share of third behind the South African thanks to seven under par weekend.
As the great American writer Dan Jenkins remarked of that costly Friday mishap, “The kid just didn’t know that shooting 75 was a good score.”
The “kid” appeared to have learned his lesson at Kiawah Island in 2012 when he dug deep in the wind to shoot a 75 on Friday and set up what turned out to be an eight-shot romp to his second major win."
Brian writes, “What is certain is that he was always going to find it almost impossible to chase down Spieth over two rounds rather than three.
“It’s incredibly difficult to be patient in that situation,” McGinley explained. “Jordan took advantage of that with the way he played the second morning.”
I await McGinley’s suggestions as to when to press, when to be patient or maybe even worse being too conservative, which reminds me of one of my stories in Life’s Lessons Frae the Links.
The story goes that during the 1993 Masters, Chip Beck and his caddie Pete Bender were discussing club selection for Chip’s second shot to the 15th green. Go for the green or lay up?
Chip was still in with a chance to catch up Bernhard Langer however after a lengthy dialogue with Bender, Chip concluded with, “I don’t want to mess my round up,” and played safe.
Messing up a round appeared to be more important than a chance to win the Masters.
McIlroy has on occasion messed up at the Masters however may the golf gods forbid that he avoids risking the chance of a “spin off” by playing too conservatively.
Link to Brian Keogh
Quote of the Day
“I’d rather experience the agony of defeat and the ecstasy of victory than experience the great twilight that 99 per cent of this world live in.” – Greg Norman reflecting on once again snatching defeat from the jaws of victory at the 1993 Tournament Player’s Championship