Rory McIlroy insists it was only his ambition to win his first order of merit title in seven years that served as a major inspiration to play the last three holes of a four match here on Friday – not wanting to ensure his renegade partner at LIV did. Don’t win the personal duel.
Northern Irish – who has it He was the most vocal opponent From the Saudi-funded circuit that sparked a civil war through the golden fairways – he was the perfect man during his second outing with Adrian Otaegwe, although Spain’s Ian Poulter on the DP World Tour – formerly the European Tour – joins the court. Winning an injunction to overturn a ban from playing in the Scottish Open in July. It’s a legal battle that won’t end until late February.
at the BMW PGA Championship six weeks ago, McIlroy tells LIV players they are ‘not welcome’ Then after finishing second to compatriot Shane Lowry at Wentworth he declared that his first goal was to ensure “nobody from Leaf wins”.
However, despite LIV CEO Greg Norman calling for his resignation earlier this week, he has apparently softened his stance on the breakaway league by advocating negotiations and has actually been full of praise towards Otaegui and his participation in the tour’s other main event.
“Look, I’ve known Adrian for a long time and everything was fine,” McIlroy said. “He deserves to be here because he’s in the top 50 on the Tour standings and to shoot 19-under at Valderrama.” [at last month’s Andalucia Master] It was awesome.”
However, McIlroy smiled wryly when asked if he was determined not to “lose” to Utaigwe. he said no”. “But you never want to be beaten by any of your playing partners. I didn’t think of anything like that there. My goal was to get back into some kind of contention as the weekend started and that was necessary with Fitz[Matt Fitzpatrick]doing well and making This is anything but easy.”
Fitzpatrick, the US Open champion, is tied for 12-under at the DP World Championships on the floor course alongside fellow Englishman Tyrell Hatton after both shot five-under 67. If Fitzpatrick wins the appropriate event McIlroy would then claim runner-up status to lift the Harry Vardon Trophy for the fourth time. If Fitzpatrick is to come in second, McIlroy, currently tied for 11th, needs a seventh-place finish.
“I don’t know all the permutations,” McIlroy said. “But what I do know is that I have to do more than I did on the last three holes today and not like I did on the first 33 holes. It was a load of mediocrity and then something clicked.”
After bogeying in the 15th, McIlroy was one under, four out of Otaigwe and more closely related, 10 out of homers. But then he birdied the 16th, courtesy of a four-foot wedge, holed a 10-foot two for two on the 17th, and then went for Rory on the 18th when he hit an iron four from 233 yards, up and against the breeze, to five feet for an eagle and 68.
“I won’t say what I mumbled on my way to tee 16,” he said. “But I stayed patient, kept believing in what I knew in my armory if I could produce it and had the chance now. It feels great to finish like that – my mood has changed over the last 45 minutes. If nothing else, I saved myself.” Two hours to run now.”