Ahead of his return to the St Andrews golf course in Scotland where he is due to compete at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship along with his dad Gerry, Northern Irish player Rory McIlroy says he is not thinking of how close he was at the same venue in July to winning an Open championship.
“If you keep putting yourself in a position to win golf tournaments then you’re going to win some that you probably shouldn’t, like the FedExCup a few weeks ago, then you’re going to lose some that you should win like here in July,” Rory told SkySports.
McIlroy is particularly excited about once again teeing up with dad Gerry who once famously won a $342k long-term bet on his son, predicting him as a future major champion.
“I’ve had so many great memories with my dad playing the Dunhill [Alfred Dunhill Links Championship], so all those memories far outweigh what happened in July,” he added.
Rory McIlroy suggests truce after unending conflict with LIV Golf
McIlroy recently floated the idea of a possible truce between ever-fighting golf groups PGA Tour and LIV golf, saying that if humans could send rockets to the moon and bring them back, this, too, was plausible.
“Right now with two lawsuits going on, and how heightened the rhetoric has been, I think we just need to let it cool off a little bit,” McIlroy told BBC Sport.
“If we can send rockets to the moon and bring them back again and have them land on their own I’m sure we can figure out how to make professional golf cohesive again,” added the Northern Irishman.
In recent times, McIlroy was one of the biggest names to have continuously spoken against the Saudi-backed LIV golf league. However, it seems that reduced opportunities for players in general have resulted in golf becoming the sufferer in the business war.
McIlroy made a U-turn from his regular stance when he suggested that LIV golf players be allowed OWGR ranking points, which could pave their entry into the world rankings as well as major golfing tournaments in the future.
“If Dustin Johnson is somehow 100th in the world it’s not an accurate reflection of where he is in the game,’’ Mcllroy told BBC adding, “at the same time, you can’t make up your own rules. There are criteria there, everyone knows what they are, and if they want to pivot to meet the criteria they can.”