Rory McIlroy: Jail Cell Only Thing Stopping Scottie Scheffler from Winning

Scheffler seems unstoppable, considering he won the Memorial Tournament just a few days ago, marking his fifth victory this season.

by Sead Dedovic
Rory McIlroy: Jail Cell Only Thing Stopping Scottie Scheffler from Winning
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Rory McIlroy is ready for another Major in his career, along with the added pressure that comes with it. The great golfer aims to silence critics and those who doubt him, who have labeled him as someone who won't win a Major for a long time. Such headlines and forecasts serve as motivation for a player like McIlroy, who has been playing quite well lately. 

The entire saga surrounding his divorce may have disrupted the plans of this Northern Irishman, but one cannot sense anything negative in his words. He is ready for another challenge in his career, fully aware that it will be a tough task. 

During the press conference, McIlroy spoke about his previous appearances at the US Open, both successes and less successful moments. He placed special emphasis on two colleagues, Scottie Scheffler and Xander Schauffele, who, along with him, will be the main favorites to win the US Open. McIlroy highlighted the greatness of being part of the tournament alongside them, believing that their experience could be crucial in competitions like the US Open.

“It’s cool to be part of these pairings. I think at this point, Scottie, Xander and myself are all experienced enough not to get caught up in it, just to go about our business, try to shoot a couple good scores to put ourselves in position going into the weekend.”- Rory McIlroy said, as quoted by Irish Golfer.

Scheffler seems unstoppable, considering he won the Memorial Tournament just a few days ago, marking his fifth victory this season. Rory McIlroy decided to joke and pointed out that Scheffler didn't win the PGA Championship because he ended up in jail. McIlroy noticed that Scheffler has progressed in many aspects of his game. The 27-year-old golfer spoke a few days ago about how much he has improved and how much he has trained to reach his current position. McIlroy immediately recognized this, but the fact that Scheffler has achieved so many victories speaks volumes about the tremendous progress the great American has made in recent months.

“The fact that the only thing that took him from winning a golf tournament was going into a jail cell for an hour,” he said, laughing.

“I think just the relentlessness. Look, a lot of stuff went on in his life, as well. They’ve just had a new child. He’s been through some struggles in his game, particularly the putter that he’s been able to turn around, as well.“

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McIlroy highlighted Scheffler's ability to overcome challenges and adapt to different circumstances, describing him as determined to achieve the goals. He mentioned Scheffler's remarkable consistency, with only one instance of finishing outside the top 10 in the numerous tournaments he has played this year. 

Even in difficult moments, such as making a triple bogey, Scheffler demonstrates strength by regaining his composure and making crucial birdies when needed. McIlroy emphasized Scheffler's current status as the dominant player in the world, indicating that others must strive to match his level.

Before the start of the US Open, Scottie Scheffler already represents a daunting prospect for opponents, who are uncertain about what to expect from the 27-year-old American. Considering his current form, it's difficult to imagine anyone being able to hinder his progress. However, competing in such major tournaments comes with its challenges and adds an extra layer of pressure. Here, the crucial factor could be how well Scheffler handles this pressure.

Rory McIlroy reflects on golf course

The Northern Irishman did not forget to reflect on the golf course where he competed in the same tournament ten years ago. Golfers have carefully analyzed this course and understood what needs to be done. McIlroy believes that the main focus will be on skill set and creativity. He thinks there will be many challenges on this golf course, but he does not want to foster pessimism. His colleagues will also face the same problems, so the one who adapts best will win this major competition.

“I think a course like this definitely demands a different skill set and also some creativity. I think that will be on display this week. I’ve already seen some videos online of people maybe trying fairway woods or having lob wedges or putters. Even if you get half lucky and get a decent lie in that wire grass, sandy area, being able to hit a recovery shot.“- Rory McIlroy said.

The 35-year-old player has immense experience, with many Majors behind him. It is essential for him to maintain focus, dedication, and find a good rhythm from the start of the tournament. Rory McIlroy certainly has the potential to win this competition.

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