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McIlroy bounces back

Ulsterman in control in Malaysia

Posted Apr 15, 2011 by Jeff Dawson

Rory McIlroy

It’s been one of those weeks where - had I been Rory McIlroy - I would have rather disappeared down a hole and escaped all the negative press that has surrounded that stunning capitulation at The Masters. But this young Northern Irishman has more character than that. He has more about him than most. Since that horror show on Sunday where he hit a final round 80, the golfing media have been swarming around waiting to see what happened next.
Well the 21-year-old has answered in the best possible way with a stunning second round 64 and a share of the lead at the Malaysia Open, tied with Sweden’s Alexander Noren on 11 under.
He has played exceptional golf over the first two days and it seems that he hasn’t been fazed by the mishap of Augusta. In fact, it appears he’s learnt from it. He’s holed putts, he’s kept his rhythm, and he’s maintained his dignity and calmness throughout.
He told the BBC: “It would show more to everyone else other than myself that last week didn’t set me back. I’ve started this week off great but I need to keep going and making birdies and shooting low scores if I want to win. Eleven under after two days here is a great effort considering I’ve travelled so far and not seeing the course. I’m happy with how I played.”
The big test now is whether he can close it out. Remember he was in a similar position this time last week and it all went wrong. But there seems an air of c’est la vie around him and this is what, in my opinion, will see him through.
Ladbrokes have him as clear favourite at 5/4 with joint leader, Noren, next at 5/1. To keep the faith of the bookies is praise indeed and with this kind of backing it shows that those who analyse and are involved in the sport know that he will bounce back.
It will be interesting to see what happens should he throw this one away too but as long as he remains in the mix, I think his confidence will be repaired dramatically.
And when you look at it, even with an 80 in his four rounds, McIlroy still managed a joint 15th placed finish in The Masters and was one of the best Europeans there. Not too bad really is it?

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