McIlroy’s Game all in the Mind

McIlroy’s Game all in the Mind

Rory McIlroy has, by his own standards, had a disastrous year on the PGA Tour. New clubs, an international engagement and worsening results have led to zero titles in 2013. His fall through the world rankings has surprised many but now, as the season draws to a close, there is reason to believe in McIlroy once again.

A tied second place at the Korea Open a fortnight ago showcased the Northern Irishman’s quality and he backed that up with a one-shot win over Tiger Woods at a lucrative exhibition round in China this weekend. His form is slowly creeping back to where it was this time last year when he won in Dubai and, with that tournament now just two weeks away, McIlroy is a good outside option in the golf betting to clinch the season-ending showstopper.

McIlroy this season has come to epitomise the mental frustrations players find themselves under on the PGA Tour. Anyone, whether you’re a professional or occasional amateur, gets stuck in a rut from time to time and it’s how you react through the adversity that defines your success on the other side. McIlroy has reacted well. He’s kept calm and composed during the tough days this summer when he carded a disappointing US Open finish and missed the cut at the Open. A 59th place at the BMW Championship in September plunged his ranking further, yet the 24-year-old has stuck to his way of playing gung-ho golf.

And it’s finally working. While a change to Nike clubs frustrated his attacking approach play earlier this season, now he’s used to the gear his mind is more settled. McIlroy attacked the field in Korea and the tactic almost yielded a title. Should he score highly in Shanghai this weekend that will be enough to see him into Dubai, where he will be full of the confidence golf betting fans have come to expect from the two-time major winner.

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