Rory is back, or he never left?
Talent and hard work are hard to beat
Within hours of a suggestion that Rory McIlroy was “at risk of no longer being part of the conversation”, he suddenly forced himself back onto the stage with a dramatic demonstration of world class performance and a win at the second round FedEx playoff in Boston on the weekend.
Struggling with months of erratic play and terrible putting, Rory had not had a PGA Tour win in 16 months and only the Irish Open win in May. After a nineteen months run at No.1 in World Golf Rankings, he had slipped to sixth and looked to be falling away from current No.1 Jason Day, and the challengers Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson and Henrik Stenson.
But Rory has been working hard on some mental adjustments and a new approach to putting that are suddenly starting to show results. He recovered quickly from a very bad first few holes on Friday and went 19-under-par on the next 68 holes to win by two strokes over Paul Casey and return to World No. 3 ranking.
So if you want to remain a world class competitor, keep working at getting better. And if you are currently No. 1, now is not the time to relax. There are tough champions coming up behind you who want it back.
Your Uncle Ralph, Del Chatterson
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