Rory McIlroy: Wife pulled me out of wine-drinking, TV-binging Masters malaise
Rory McIlroy says he had to be dragged out of the house by wife Erica after spending a full week brooding on his final-round flop at the Masters.
McIlroy, 28, knows he blew a great chance to pass eventual champion Patrick Reed and complete the career Grand Slam at Augusta.
And the Northern Irishman admitted he found it hard to come to terms with the closing 74 that dropped him from second into a tie for fifth place.
“When I got back home I sort of threw the clubs in a closet and I spent about a week decompressing and trying to get over it,” McIlroy said. “I was binge-watching a couple of shows, I read a couple of books, drank a few bottles of wine — no not like that, not all at once! That sounds really bad. It wasn’t that bad.
“But it got to the point where Erica had to drag me out of the house. She just said we’re going to go out and do something. And once I got back into my routine, I was fine. Before, there were a few quiet moments when you catch yourself thinking back on the round, even though I was trying to immerse myself in anything but golf.
“I was watching box sets of ‘Billions’ and stuff, and I read a couple of good books — ‘The Chimp Paradox’ and ‘Essentialism’ — but my mind did wander back to it. I was disappointed because I just didn’t give a good account of myself on that last day, after I played myself into the final group. My game wasn’t quite there. I was just trying to hold it together and when it came to the pressure of trying to chase Patrick down it just didn’t click for me.”
But the four-time major champion insisted he was not as distraught as when he blew a four-shot lead with a final-round 80 at the 2011 Masters.
“It was nowhere near as disappointing as the experience I had there a few years ago. So it was much easier to get over,” McIlroy said.
McIlroy will turn 29 on Friday and hopes to celebrate a couple of days later with a third victory at the Wells Fargo Championship.
This week’s venue, Quail Hollow in North Carolina, is one of his favorite tracks, as he holds the course record with a 61.
“Thankfully, I’m back at the point where I’m excited about what’s coming up rather than looking back,” McIlroy said.
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