Rory McIlroy: focus in golf

Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy
Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy

WE don’t usually comment too much on the private lives of golfers but Rory McIlroy’s breakup with fiancée Caroline Wozniacki has thrown up a pertinent quote touching on focus in golf.

McIlroy is obviously going through a hell of a time, said to be “clearly shaken” on the eve of the 2014 BMW PGA Championship when announcing the breakup. McIlroy had gone so far as to issue invitations at the weekend for the wedding before realising he couldn’t go through with it.

“I’m not going to lie, it’s going to be very difficult,” said the Northern Irishman when asked how he can turn his attention back towards golf. “But you know, at least when I get inside the ropes, I will just try and concentrate on the shot at hand. But yes, it’s obviously going to be difficult.”

That’s right, whatever you’re going through, the old adage and goal for us all still applies: Just one shot at a time.

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Brian is a former Sydney journalist who didn’t have a skerrick of interest in golf till he hit his first ball at the age of 49 (and a half). Since then golf has just about overtaken his life. Brian founded Australian Senior Golfer in April 2008 and has since covered every Australian Open, Presidents Cups, World Cups and numerous other big men’s and women’s tournaments, spending days inside the ropes with the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Tom Watson, Greg Norman, Adam Scott, Jason Day, Karrie Webb, and many others. He has also played in, and reported on, amateur tournaments, particularly senior and veteran events, around the country. Brian is a member of the Australian Golf Media Association.

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