Rory McIlroy takes off his hat after putting on the 18th green in the second round of the US Masters. Photo: AP Photo / David J. Phillip
Rory McIlroy has been advised to take a break from golf as he retired from the Masters for the second time in his career.
McIlroy hasn’t won a major championship since 2014 and has added Pete Cowen to his coaching team after slipping to 12th in the world rankings after poor form.
The 31-year-old carded an opening 76 at Augusta National and was only able to on Friday add a 74 to land six over par, missing the cut by three shots. Former Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley commented on Sky Sports: « He’s starting to doubt himself, confusion in his swing and no one has ever played well with a lot of thoughts in their head.
» I think , the best thing for Rory is to be on a beach somewhere in the sunshine for a few weeks and clear your mind. Sometimes the harder you try your hand at this game, the harder it gets, no matter how talented you are. «
» I agree with what Paul said – a couple of weeks with the family in the Bahamas, relax , walk away from the gulf and then come back with a new view.
« I said that this week it would be difficult to bring a new golf swing into a big championship. First, bad strokes are part of the process, as we see.
» The difficulty is that you don’t trust it with a new swing – it works on the track for practice laps. That doesn’t mean anything until you have to bring it into play.
« Having made the change right before majoring. Was that the right thing? I don’t know. He picked the right man, that’s for sure. He has had success with everyone he has ever touched . «
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