Rory McIlroy can win without being at his best
By mustang6560 on 11/26/12
Rory McIlroy wrapped up The Race to Dubai two weeks ago at the Singapore Open, however, the young Ulsterman wanted to finish his 2012 campaign on a high by winning the European Tour finale — the DP World Tour Championship.

And that's exactly what he did.

Despite suffering from a fever all week, Rory managed to play his way into the final group Sunday with rounds of 66, 67, and 66. Heading into the final round at Jumeirah Golf Estates, he was tied with world number two Luke Donald (yes, Luke jumped Tiger Woods in the world ranking) at 17-under-par. But the Englishman couldn't keep up and carded a disappointing 71 to finish third.

It was another Englishman, Justin Rose, who would pose the greatest threat to Rory on Sunday. Justin shot a blistering bogey-free 10-under-par 62 to turn up the pressure on a less than 100 percent Rory McIlroy. But the Northern Irishman was up to the challenge and rattled off five straight birdies over his final five holes to win his fifth title of 2012.
"The big difference this year has been that when I haven't been at my best, I have still competed and won tournaments," said McIlroy.

"That's something I said I wanted to get better at. Before this year, I felt my wins came when I just played great golf and nobody could get near me.

"Being able to win when not at your best is what Tiger has done for so many years. That's why he has won so many tournaments. I'm definitely not at that level yet, but I'm learning how to do it."
Virtually every professional golfer has the intangibles to win a golf tournament, however, very few have the ability to win a golf tournament without being at their best. Tiger Woods was great at this. And if Rory has truly learned how to do this, then that's a scary proposition for his peers in 2013.

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[ comments ]
coojofresh says:
at the rate he is going he there can finally be someone to compare to tiger...or at least someone that is worthy of mentioning.
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