Rory McIlroy Talks with Media at the Memorial Tournament

Fred Altvater@@tolohgolfrContributor IIMay 28, 2014

In the movie White Men Can’t Jump Billy Hoyle’s (Woody Harrelson) girlfriend (Rosie Perez) explains the intricacies of relationships between men and women with the phrase,

“Sometimes when you lose you really win.”

Rory McIlroy lost his fiance last week but collected his first win of 2014 at the BMW PGA Championship on the European Tour.

The Daily Mail UK reported that McIlroy announced that he had officially broken off his engagement with tennis star Caroline Wozniacki in a press conference prior to the start of the BMW PGA Championship.

They had dated for over two years and had become engaged over the holidays last year. The couple was planning a large wedding to be held in New York in August of this year.

All that appears moot, and the wedding invitations that went into the mail last week will hit the recycling bin this week.

McIlroy made his way to Dublin, Ohio, this week to compete in the Memorial Tournament hosted by Jack Nicklaus. He addressed the media after his pro-am round on Wednesday.

He said all the right things:

“I am delighted to be back at Muirfield Village, it is one of the best events on tour.”  

Commenting about his golf game:

“Obviously coming off the back of a win last week, my game feels in really good shape.”

When he was queried about the difference between playing well and not winning versus finally winning, he answered:

“I had three really bad Fridays in a row, Masters, Quail Hollow, and TPC. I think those really held me back. I didn’t have one of those stretches last week. So it’s being able to turn those 74s and 75s into 71s. It makes a lot of difference.”

Answering how the performance on the course is connected to things off the course:

“I think it was very important. I think I showed quite a lot of mental strength or focus or whatever you want to call it last week during the whole tournament. I think mentally it gave me a lot of confidence knowing that when I did get myself into contention I could close it out, which I wasn’t able to do at Honda, which is really the last time I did get myself in contention.”

When asked to comment on a report that he broke up with Caroline over the phone in a three-minute conversation that she thought was a joke.

His curt answer:

“I’m here to talk about my golf.”

One reporter asked him about what stage he felt he was in his maturity level.

McIlroy’s reply:

“I think on the golf course, I’m in a good point. I think there’s been a few things that have happened in my life in the last couple of years that have been huge learning processes, whether it be splitting with a management company or new equipment, or whatever else.

That’s been a huge learning process. I think every time you fear some sort of adversity like that you learn from it and you become more mature.”

At just 25 years old, it seems McIlroy has been at the top of the golf world since he was in diapers. His first win on the PGA Tour came before he was 21, and he was a star in Europe while still a teenager.

He has already seen some highs and lows, but since his win last December at the Australian Open, he is definitely trending up.

Even though he has just experienced one of the most difficult decisions a person can make at a young age, he seems to be handling it quite well.

He has definitely learned from his tough experiences over the past two years and his maturity is becoming quite evident.

Adam Scott may not want to get too comfortable in the No. 1 spot in the world ranking.

With his win last week, Rory McIlroy moved up four spots to No. 6 on the Official World Golf Ranking.

The real golf season is just beginning. The Memorial will be followed by the U.S. Open, the Open Championship, the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and the PGA Championship.

A couple of wins in these big events would move the lad from Northern Ireland back to the top of the heap.


Unless otherwise noted, all quotes were obtained firsthand or from official interview materials from the USGA, PGA Tour or PGA of America.


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