Rory McIlroy: “I was pretty rusty last week”

Rory McIlroy is hoping to see the hard work pay off as he goes in search of a first Rolex Series victory at the 2021 abrdn Scottish Open.

Rory McIlroy, statements

“I’m looking forward to getting back on the golf course. I was pretty rusty last week in Ireland. I didn’t really do any practice the week after the U.S. Open and it sort of showed in my game. So it’s been nice to link back up with Pete who is here and worked on some stuff the last couple of days. The great thing about Pete is he doesn’t sugarcoat it. He’ll tell me when it’s not great so that when he does give me a compliment, I know that it’s real. It’s been great. It’s probably stuff I’ve worked on before but said in a slightly different way, slightly different thoughts. Good thing about Pete is he’s been doing it such a long time and with so many great players, is he knows what works and he knows what doesn’t.  I’ve really enjoyed it. I really have. I’ve enjoyed learning from him. He’s got such a great knowledge about not just the golf swing but the game of golf in general and it’s been a good few months”.

“I would say 14 under this week is probably going to have a decent chance. It’s all dependent on the weather. Dependent on what sort of wind we get, the direction of the wind, whether the course firms up any more than how it is right now. It’s all dependent on the weather, like any links golf course. It’s obviously soft just from all the rain there’s been the last couple of days but it’s a good test. I think they have added a couple of tees. It’s a bit longer. The rough’s up a bit more than it probably was last time. I think with benign conditions like this and with it being soft, the scoring is still going to be pretty good. Maybe players might just get punished a little more for like wayward shots, which is sort of what you’re looking for. You’ve got to stand up and hit some good golf shots and you want to be challenged a little bit. I think the set-up this week is pretty good.”

It will be awarded for the first time at the Ryder Cup in Wisconsin (24-26 September), to the two players (one from the United States and the other from Team Europe) who will best embody the spirit of the event, the “The Nicklaus-Jacklin Award presented by Aon”.

This is the novelty introduced by the PGA of America and the Ryder Cup Europe. With the recipients of the award that will be selected by a committee composed, among others, of Jack Nicklaus, Tony Jacklin, other former European and American Ryder Cup captains. For an award that takes its name from the famous “concession” that arrived during the Ryder Cup of 1969. When, in the match between the United States and Great Britain (in 1973 the Great Britain was incorporated into Ireland and from 1979 the rest of Continental Europe), Nicklaus at the Royal Birkdale GC in Southport (England) gave for a good 3-foot putt for Jacklin at the 18th hole, an act of fair play that caused the first draw (16-16) in the history of the competition, with the cup that remained in the hands of the USA as reigning champions.

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