Professional golfer from Northern Ireland, Rory McIlroy went on his way to winning the Wells Fargo Championship last year in May. Meanwhile, he recently talked about one of those on-your-way-to-winning decisions behind his career’s best performance.
Notably, his drive on the tournament’s final hole had skipped left and into a penalty area. However, on the advice of his caddie, Harry Diamond, instead of trying a swing from an awkward sidehill lie, with water a few feet away, the 32-year-old took a penalty stroke, dropped the ball into a better spot and walked away with just a bogey five.
“Harry was awesome out there today, especially that decision on the last,” said McIlroy. “I was ready to get in there and try to play that with a lob wedge, and he was sort of like, ‘Let’s take a step back, let’s think about this. Where’s the best place you’re hitting your third from?’ So he sort of calmed me down and slowed me down a little bit and said, ‘Pal, let’s just think about this a little bit.’”
McIlroy talks about amateurs’ most common mistake
While shedding light on the most common mistake that amateurs make, Rory reckoned that he watches many young golfers trying so much to play outside of their comfort zone and not playing the shot they know.
“I think effective golf sometimes can be pretty boring, or in people’s minds, it can be pretty boring,” McIlroy said. “Playing the shot that you know you can play, or that you can pull off at least eight times out of 10. I think I see, I see amateurs so much trying to play outside of their comfort zone and trying to take on shots that they think they should hit instead of keeping the ball in play, you know, managing their games a little better and that will produce lower scores.”