McIlroy Makes It Fun Again

Rory McIlroy on the second hole during the third round at the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club.  (Hunter Martin, USGA)
Rory McIlroy on the second hole during the third round at the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club. (Hunter Martin, USGA)

It was a year ago that Rory McIlroy arrived at Firestone for the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational wondering where his golf game had gone.

“I was really searching,” McIlroy said on the eve of the 2013 Bridgestone.


Less than two weeks later, McIlroy was posing for photos beside the Atlantic Ocean after winning the PGA Championship by eight strokes.

Is McIlroy on the verge of a similar turnaround?

Too early to tell.

Despite his well-publicized struggles this season, McIlroy says he feels better about the state of his game that he did a year ago. After missing the cut at the Open Championship, McIlroy spent a few days in Monaco then hopped back home to Northern Ireland where he played golf with his mates.

Golf was fun again. He finished one round by playing the last seven holes 7-under par.

“It makes you realize why you play the game,” McIlroy said.

Maybe that’s what McIlroy needed.

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