McIlroy: collapse, surrender and the escape

The 2024 US Open will be remembered for years to come, not so much for Bryson DeChambeau's victory, but for the tragic saga of Rory McIlroy, a defeated hero reminiscent of tales from ancient epics.

by Andrea Gussoni
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McIlroy: collapse, surrender and the escape
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The 2024 US Open will be remembered for years to come, not so much for Bryson DeChambeau's victory, but for the tragic saga of Rory McIlroy, a defeated hero reminiscent of tales from ancient epics. McIlroy, once a titan of golf, had already claimed four majors by age 25, including a US Open in 2011, two PGA Championships, and a British Open.

However, his quest to complete the Grand Slam had been on hold for a decade since his last triumph in 2014. In 2024, it seemed fate was finally smiling upon Rory. Holding a two-shot lead over DeChambeau at the 15th hole, he was on the verge of victory, cheered on by the crowd and beaming with anticipation.

But then, like a scene from classical tragedy, the sports gods intervened.

Rory McIlroy, results

Under the weight of pressure, Rory made devastating mistakes. First, at the 16th hole, he missed a putt for par from less than a meter, breaking a flawless streak of 496 similar putts this season.

Then, at the 18th hole, another fatal error opened the door for DeChambeau, turning him from a defeated contender into the US Open champion within minutes. Without hesitation, McIlroy left the course, alone with his thoughts and personal demons.

Recently filing for divorce from his wife Erica added another layer of torment to his public defeat. This loss has called into question Rory's resilience, leaving him to confront his own fragility and personal guilt. Today, he stands as a defeated hero, unsure if he will ever have another chance at redemption or if golf has definitively decided his fate.

Despite it all, fans will continue to root for McIlroy, hoping he can find a way to reignite his star in the global golfing firmament. Rory McIlroy, a prominent figure in professional golf, has experienced both remarkable successes and challenging setbacks throughout his career.

Known for his natural talent and powerful swing, McIlroy burst onto the international golf scene with a series of impressive victories in his early twenties, including major championships like the US Open, PGA Championship, and British Open.

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