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Rory McIlroy: Dad could see how frustrated I was before Irish Open success

By Phil Casey

Rory McIlroy has admitted his patience had almost run out before securing his first win of the season in brilliant fashion in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open last month.

Ulsterman McIlroy, who hosted the tournament with his Rory Foundation, had been frustrated at failing to turn good performances into victories in 2016.

He saw his three-shot lead after 54 holes become a one-shot deficit with three holes remaining at The K Club as Scotland's Russell Knox fought back.

However, the World No.3 then birdied the par-five 16th and fired a stunning approach from 252 yards to within three feet on the 18th for a closing eagle.

Speaking at a press conference ahead of the Memorial Tournament in Ohio, McIlroy said: "I flew back after The Players (Championship) and landed in Dublin. I met mum and dad in the hotel and the first thing my dad said was, 'You looked miserable on the course'.

"I replied I'm not miserable. I'm not happy, but it's been a frustrating few months because I feel like my play has been better than the results have been dictating, but at the same time, it's not all about just playing well.

"You need to play well when it matters, and that's what I was not doing. It was frustrating. So to finally get that win there was relief in there, but I never knew how much it meant to me to win at home until I actually did."

McIlroy has been paired with World No.2 Jordan Spieth for the first two rounds at Muirfield Village, with World No.1 Jason Day also competing.

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