Rory McIlroy may be going through a rough patch on the links course, but golf fans still absolutely adore him.
After a typical explosive move, he strode purposefully to his first tee at the Open and was greeted with a chorus of: “Come on, Rory,” especially from small fans. age.
Emerging as a young golfer, winning four majors and capturing the hearts and minds of many golf fans – especially those from the UK – McIlroy is a name that is often search on the charts, with many people wishing him well. whenever he enters the course.
This year’s Open was no different – there were constant cheers of encouragement as he navigated the track at Royal St George’s.
However, on the opening hole, things did not go quite as planned for the Northern Irishman. He had to settle for a loud groan from the assembled crowd.
This is the essence of being a fan of McIlroy, who last won the Major in 2014, when he won the PGA Championship and the Open.
On 18 holes you may experience some flare and miss shots. But you’ll also see some great brushstrokes, making you question why he couldn’t do it more consistently.
And this volatility is why when McIlory makes his way around 18 holes, perhaps attracting such a devoted following, with crowds of six or seven round turf crammed deep to necks. Dance for the 32-year-old player.
On the second hole, Mcllroy had to settle for another monster, with one frustrated fan exclaiming: “That’s unbelievable.”
However, on the fourth hole par four, McIlroy like a magician conjures a bird of prey to return the blow. “He’s brilliant,” said another McIlory fan.
And it happens. Brilliant photos interspersed with erroneous shots. Although there is a constant; fans’ willingness to cheer McIlroy on what’s possible.
The two birds in the middle of his inning were met with warm applause. When the Northern Irishman had his main shot, it was almost as if the fans were trying to suck the ball into the hole, while their phones were pointed towards him to capture the moment.
A pair of late bogeys prevented McIlroy from climbing the rankings – although a vital birdie on the 18th helped cover some of that damage – as he finished the second half level, nine behind leader Collin Morikawa broadcast.
But it’s a birdie that ensures McIlroy will be playing both Saturday and Sunday after the cut, and will give thousands of fans the chance to see him and that familiar cheerleader go up. and down the fairways.
“It’s amazing. It feels great,” McIlroy told the media after his round. “I think people have missed this tournament over the last few years.
“It’s nice to have it back. I’ve had a great support there for the past few days, and like I said, I’m at least happy to be joining the club and making sure I’m supported. a little more over the next two days, as well.”
No nerves for the first time
Morikawa and debuting in majors seem to go hand in hand.
The American won his first championship last year at the PGA Championship, his first time competing in the event.
This week, Morikawa will make his debut at the prestigious Open, and he doesn’t appear to be nervous.
The 24-year-old made it to the excellent six under 64 on Friday to move down to the bottom nine for the league and move into the lead of a runaway club.
And it could be even better for him, after an uncharacteristic bluff on the 15th meant he had just missed multiple course and competition records.
He is just one shot short of the course record, a shot equal to the lowest 36-hole score in Open history.
Morikawa is only playing in his second professional tournament on European soil after last week’s Scottish Open.
And with the experience he learned last week and his mentality in the major, he believes he’s in a good position.
“We have four (major) each year and you’re trying to make sure to win these four because they’re so big,” he told the media.
“Speaking of last year’s PGA, I played with every single guy, and it didn’t make any difference. It was just the stage we were on, more media, more audience, more people around. more around.
“But it’s everything outside that I can control. For me, it’s just a matter of going around the golf course Monday through Wednesday like I’ve been doing for the past few years and figuring out what I need. This style of golf is very different, but last week, as I said, helped a lot.”
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