The European Tour makes it’s first stop in the UK of the 2014 season this week as it heads to Wentworth for the BMW European PGA Championship. This is the flagship event for the European Tour and one of those events that could argue for major status.
The first round was disrupted due to inclement weather as a thunder-storm rolled by. However, some of the golf on display in round one was fantastic. The Danish veteran Thomas Bjorn equaled the course record with a 62 just minutes before play was halted. He shares the lead after round one and given his form this year may be very tough to catch. This is all well and good, but something this week not involving the tournament has blown the golf being played right out of the water.
On Wednesday, news surfaced from the private life of Rory McIlroy, that to me anyway, said a lot about the character of the young Northern Irishman. If you don’t know what I’m building up to here, then you really need to get out more. Having posted the wedding invitations for his upcoming wedding, he decided he wasn’t ready for marriage and called it off. Yes you read that correctly, but just to prove it I will reiterate. He posted his wedding invites then called off his wedding.
On Christmas Eve, Rory and Caroline Wozniacki announced that they were engaged to be married. This quelled many rumours that part of McIlroy’s hugely publicized slump was caused by relationship turmoil. Well, maybe there was some truth to the rumour because it hasn’t taken long for him to turn things around. Apparently he has turned off his phone, given away his laptop, and is according to sources, ‘living like it’s the seventies’. This is going to be a hard time for anyone to go through, but having to live it out in the limelight will be horrible. He has said that he found some solace in being out on the course the weekend, and carded a 68 to prove this.
This goes to show that Rory is a young man who is firmly in charge of his own destiny and will do what it takes to keep that. People don’t scale the dizzying heights of success without having this trait but Rory exudes it. I predict a big week from him at Wentworth. He now has a load off his mind because this has clearly been bothering him. Add to that the fact that he will be finding peace on the course that he will be absolutely needing, I think this could be a significant week in more than one way for McIlroy. Let’s see what the future holds.
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