Rory McIlroy preaches self-control after latest club-throwing meltdown (video)
Rory McIlroy quickly is developing the unflattering reputation as pro golf’s resident club-chucker. For the second time in recent months, a visibly frustrated McIlroy was spotted angrily throwing a club after being left disgusted with a wayward shot.
The latest club-tossing incident occurred during the opening round of the BMW PGA Championship in Surrey, England. After a poor second shot on the 17th hole, the 26-year-old No. 1 golfer in the world clearly was beside himself and immediately spiked his club into the ground with an overhead slam.
Hey, at least he’s not swearing up a storm and prompting FCC complaints like Tiger Woods. That’s something.
McIlroy, in a stretch of golf where he will play five tournaments in five consecutive weeks, cited both physical and mental fatigue for his most recent meltdown, one that may yield a fine by the European Tour.
“Physically I’m all right. I am feeling myself getting a bit angry out there which I haven’t been doing over the last few weeks,” McIlroy said, via PGATour.com. “I just need to stay in control of my emotions because if I’m a little tired, a little fatigued mentally. I’ll start to be hard on myself and start to get down on myself. I have to try not to do that over the next few days. I’ll just try and get as much rest as I’ve been getting and I should be OK. I need to keep everything on an even keel out there.”
McIlroy added that he has been doing a good job of late of keeping his emotions in check.
“Acceptance of bad shots is the thing I have been doing so well and I feel like my patience was wearing a bit thin today,” he said, via BBC Sport.
McIlroy attracted unwanted attention during the second round of the Cadillac Championship at Trump National Doral in March when he helicoptered his 3-iron into the water following an errant shot. It looks like after an encouraging stretch of club-tossing-free golf — that included a dominant wins at the Wells Fargo Championship and the WGC Match Play Championship — he’s returned to his bad habits … at least for a short stretch.
The club-spike wasn’t the end of his outburst this week, either. After failing to roll in a birdie on green at 18, McIlroy threw his ball into the water after making par, completing a one-under 71, leaving him six shots behind leader Francesco Molinari after the first round.
McIlroy went on to blow up in the second round, posting a 78 to miss the cut. No word yet on if McIlroy kept his cool through his rough day on the course.
(image via Golf Channel)