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Rory McIlroy's scars remain as he now needs his A plus game to win in a era when golf's great and good are closer than ever

Lack of Sunday service contribute to Rory buckling under pressure

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Pressure points: Rory McIlroy has struggled to perform on Sundays

Pressure points: Rory McIlroy has struggled to perform on Sundays

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Pressure points: Rory McIlroy has struggled to perform on Sundays

Rory McIlroy may well go on to enjoy a stellar 2021 and add to his Major haul in emphatic fashion, but he's currently locked in a strange battle with golf's pressure-packed moments and right now he's losing.

On Sunday, the pride of Holywood shot a level par 72 when the heat was on in his final round battle with Tyrrell Hatton for the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship and he heads to this week's Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego with the air of a man who has just missed the cut.

By rights, Shane Lowry has every reason to be more annoyed than McIlroy ahead of his appearance in this week's Omega Dubai Desert Classic, alongside Graeme McDowell and Pádraig Harrington, after he failed to raise much of a gallop on his 2021 bow in Abu Dhabi.


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