“You Have to Fail’: Mental Distress Faced by Rory McIlroy Given Reality Check by LPGA Legend Days After Paige Spiranac’s Defence

What a harsh weekend it was for Rory McIlroy! The Northern Irishman started the tournament with one thing in mind “to end his 10-year major drought”. His conviction and work ethic took him closer to the prestigious title, but one single miss and his hard work fell into pieces like the Lego bricks falling from a building block.

Even the golf diva, Paige Spiranac, came on to sympathize with McIlroy, “I feel for Rory right now and can’t even imagine how he’s feeling. Cut him a break.” After he was spotted leaving Pinehurst quickly after the Scientist put the final hole to win the title, another legendary golfer, Annika Sorenstam, remarked on the feeling that McIlroy has gone through.

Annika admits to the mental pressure that Rory McIlroy has faced

A tweet was shared on the SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio handle, where the 10-time major winner, Annika Sorenstam, emphasized that McIlroy’s U.S. Open miss was nothing short of a mental mistake. As she stated, “I would argue that Rory lost it rather than DeChambeau winning it” Given his stats, McIlroy never missed a putt within three feet of the 495 putts he made in a row.

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The veteran said, “It’s not just about the technique; it’s about handling the intensity when everything is on the line.” For McIlroy, the US Open is not just another tournament. It’s about prestige and the singular opportunity it offers each year. “You only get to play the U.S. Open once a year,” she mused, hinting at the weight of missed chances.


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