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The Masters: Strength guru Mike says Rory McIlroy will learn

Deflated Rory McIlroy has the physical and mental toughness to overcome his Augusta nightmare.

That’s the view of a top multi-sport coach who has followed the golfer’s career closely.

Fermanagh man Mike McGurn has applied physcology to his work as a leader in the field of strength and conditioning coaching, helping bring success to the Ireland rugby team and 2001 treble-winning St Helens rugby league side.

He currently works with the Armagh county GAA squad (of which Rory’s uncle Mickey McDonald was a member in the late 1970’s).

McGurn observed: “It's a tough one for Rory because he is so young.

“But in any sport you always tend to learn more from your defeats than your victories because when something like that happens you tend to reflect on it more.

“Knowing Rory has such a good back-up team they can see where things went wrong and hopefully they will learn from those and he’ll come back stronger the next time,” McGurn added.

“What happened to him on Sunday was a bad experience, but any sort of experience is beneficial if you learn from it.

“You are left with mental scars because these things happen and you can't erase history.

“But it's how you deal with it that determines how you move on or whether you go backwards.

“Rory has all the attributes to go forward.”

Belfast Telegraph