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McIlroy’s mates helped him fall in love with golf again

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Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy

Ulster golf was the key to Rory McIlroy’s breakthrough success in America at Quail Hollow.

And the 21-year-old intends to employ the same strategy ahead of his assault on the 3 Irish Open title in August.

Spending time relaxing and playing golf with his mates at home helped him get over the disappointment of missing the cut at the Masters when he had talked of taking a break from the game.

“I went out and played some golf with my friends and sort of realised why I started to play the game in the first place — because I love it,” he said.

“We played County Down and Portrush when I was back home and I just started to feel better about everything.

“Then, the Saturday before I left for America I shot 67 round Portrush and I said to myself, ‘If you can shoot 67 here in tough conditions then you should be able to do it anywhere’.

“So going home and getting back to being me was a big factor in getting the form back and it should stand me in good stead for the rest of the year.

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“I’ll be doing exactly the same thing before this year’s 3 Irish Open — I will be playing some social golf with my friends at home so let’s hope they can inspire me to win at Killarney.”


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