Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 30 August 2014

Patience key for McIlroy

Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy had no trouble naming the quality he thinks could be the key to becoming the third youngest winner of the US PGA title this week.

As torrential rain interrupted practice at Whistling Straits on the eve of the final major of the year the 21-year-old Northern Irishman stressed the importance of patience.

"Sometimes it's hard when you're trying to get somewhere so fast and you don't really want to slow down," said McIlroy. "But you've got to be really patient in this game and I realise that."

He added: "Sometimes it is hard for me to accept that you're not going to have a good day all the time. I think that's something that I'm still learning how to do.

"But that all just comes through experience and I feel as if I'm getting better at it.

"At the Irish Open I just sort of let my head go down and just sort of tried to get to the clubhouse as fast as possible.

"You're going to have days like that and other days you're going to wake up and you're going to hit it great and you're going to see the lines of putts and they're going to go in.

"Everyone tells me 'Rory, just be patient'."

McIlroy led The Open after a stunning opening 63 last month, but followed it with an 80 in Friday's strong winds.

Over the weekend, though, he stormed through the field to finish in a tie for third.

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