Golf Comment: Rory answered doubts before and can again

 
Sam Torrance
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IT’S A case of so far, so good for Rory McIlroy, but this is a player who has developed an unfortunate habit of starting brilliantly only to scupper his chances on the second day.

If the problem is psychological, then the backdrop of a Major, and a British one at that, is not going to make it any easier. Then again, this is a supremely talented player we are talking about, and McIlroy has proved his doubters wrong in emphatic fashion before.

He suffered the ignominy of collapsing at the 2011 Masters, but bounced back with a vengeance months later at the US Open by winning his first Major with a record score, and has added the US PGA Championship since.

It’s certainly within him to banish his Freaky Friday run to the past, even if recent history is against him, and if he can shake off that habit in this high-pressure setting, then perhaps it might just cure him for good.

I’m not shocked to see Sergio Garcia and Jim Furyk near the top, but it’s great for Matteo Manassero to be challenging again and Scotland’s Stephen Gallacher played some good stuff too.

Sam Torrance OBE is a multiple Ryder Cup-winning golfer, a European vice-captain for this year’s competition, and a media commentator. Follow him on Twitter @torrancesam

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