Rory McIlroy, the world number two golfer, is pleased with his progress as he sets off on his 7th straight appearance at the Dubai Desert Classic.
Twenty-two year old McIlroy first appeared in the Classic when he was only 16 years old back in 2006 and won the title in 2009.
On Wednesday, McIlory, the Northern Irishman, told journalists at Dubai’s Majlis course, that he felt like he had definitely matured a lot this past year as a golfer and probably just as a person as well. He felt like he can play more controlled golf when he need to.
He learnt a lot from his torturesome near-miss at US Masters last year to romp to a record 8-shot victory at the US Open.
He stated, “When you’re not playing as well, you need to know your limitations, reel it back in a little bit and play the percentages a bit more.”
This approach worked for Rory at Abu Dhabi Championship, in January, where only a 2-stroke penalty stopped him from winning.
McIlory added that he did not feel like the golf that he played in Abu Dhabi deserved to win. He scored very well and was able to get himself into contention, which was really great.
He was paired with Tiger Woods in 3 out of 4 rounds in Abu Dhabi and Rory praised Tiger, the former world number one.
McIlroy said that he had spent a little bit of time with Tiger before that, but not as much as he did then. It was nice to play with Woods and he felt pretty relaxed out there in Wood’s company and they chatted the whole way around, talking about golf clubs, the hotel and peanut butter and jelly, amongst other things!