The third Major of the year begins at the Country Club this week. However, as the ramifications continue after the LIV Golf Invitational Series opening event last week, one of the PGA Tour’s staunchest supporters, Rory McIlroy, still had a lot to say about the controversial start-up. .
McIlroy heads to the US Open following a thrilling victory at the RBC Canadian Open, and as he prepares for a week he hopes to conclude with his second US Open victory, he has claimed that players choosing to participate in the Greg Norman-led series were largely in the twilight of their careers. He said: “A lot of these guys are in their late 40s. In Phil’s case, early 50s. Yeah, I think everyone in this room and they would tell you themselves that their best days are behind them.
It’s not the first time McIlroy has expressed his indifference to the pitch for the debut event at the Centurion Club in London, but the series has always attracted a number of players in their prime, including Dustin Johnson and Bryson DeChambeau. However, McIlroy thinks it’s because they’re taking the easy option. He said: “I don’t understand for guys who are the same age as me because I’d like to believe my best days are still ahead of me, and I think theirs are too. So this is where you feel like you’re taking the easy way out.
For now, all eyes are on the US Open, a tournament that gave McIlroy his first major win in 2011. At the time, he won by eight strokes over Jason Day, and he There are encouraging signs this week.
The first two Majors of the year saw McIlroy show signs of his best. He finished second at the Masters at Augusta National and posted another top ten at the PGA Championship at Southern Hills, finishing eighth. With that win at St George’s last week, he enters the tournament in good shape, which he says gives him confidence that he can do well. He explained: “It definitely puts some pep in your step. It gives you a lot of confidence. Going into last week, even after Memorial where I hadn’t had my best week, I still knew my game was there. I always knew I was playing well, so it didn’t matter if I won – I think it was how I won last week that made me most proud.
As McIlroy takes on other PGA Tour players and newly entered players from the LIV Golf Invitational Series this week, he will be confident that his eight-year wait for his fifth Major may be about to end.