What went wrong with Rory McIlroy in the final round of The Masters?
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On a day when he had the opportunity to claim a Major Grand Slam, and was in contention early on, Rory sadly capitulated, signing for a final round +2 over par 74;
“It was like every time I took a step forward I took a step back on the next hole.”
“And then when I did get some opportunities I didn’t take advantage of them. A tough day, but I’ll be back. And hopefully I’ll be better.”
The missing link is a professional experienced caddie, J.P. Fitzgerald guided Rory to four Major titles and to World #1 in the Official World Rankings.
No disrespect to current caddie Harry Diamond, who apart from being a lifelong friend of Rory, is a talented golfer in his own right, but he has not had enough experience to mentor one of the best players in the world to win a Major tournament. Especially one that would have given his player a Grand Slam of Majors.
These days the top elite caddies are practical psychologists who have a calming effect on their players. Having your best friend along and having fun is no way to approach a Major tournament.
Not working at the moment is Steve Williams, who is the best caddie in the world, he partnered Tiger Woods for 13 years, winning 13 Major Championships, perhaps Rory should give him a call.
The Masters is a great tournament, but it is time to ditch those awful, disrespectful, racist caddie slave suits.