Montgomerie on McIlroy's failure: You just can't afford to make that type of mistake

Montgomerie, in a media interview, reflected on McIlroy's defeat, expressing sadness for him.

by Sead Dedovic
Montgomerie on McIlroy's failure: You just can't afford to make that type of mistake
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Rory McIlroy's defeat at the US Open will leave a huge mark on the Northern Irishman who dreamed of achieving a great result. Despite being so close to victory, unfortunately, the 35-year-old failed in his attempt, and ultimately it was Bryson DeChambeau who lifted the trophy. Although McIlroy refused to speak to reporters, leaving the golf course and heading in an unknown direction, the day after, McIlroy decided to send a message via social media. 

Known for his honesty, McIlroy admitted that his defeat at the US Open was one of the toughest days in his career. When you are so close to your goal and you sabotage yourself, it is surely a huge source of frustration. Yet, Rory showed greatness by congratulating his opponent, considering him a great competitor and a person golf needs.

After Northern Irishman's failure to achieve his goal, there were reactions from important figures in the world of golf, notably Colin Montgomerie, who faced a similar fate at the US Open 18 years ago. 

Montgomerie, in a media interview, reflected on McIlroy's defeat, expressing sadness for him. Colin understands that golf is a mental game, and sometimes it's difficult to stay focused and relieve pressure. McIlroy struggled to keep a clear head during the final holes. It was evident that huge pressure was weighing on him.

Collin is interested in how Rory will cope at the Scottish Open and The Open after such a defeat, which he did not expect.

“It will be interesting to see how he now gets on in the Scottish Open and The Open. I was sad for Rory on Sunday night, I really felt for him and we all did, I think,”- he said, as quoted by The Scotsman.

“This has been ten years and I think it affected him coming down those last four holes. You saw Bryson being extrovert on the course. He was punching the air and doing his Payne Stewart and Tiger Woods bit. Rory, in contrast, was very much within himself, even when he birdied. There wasn’t that effervescent Rory we’ve often seen. He was cool, calm and collected until the last few holes, when it seemed to get to him and it’s going to be difficult for him to regroup.”- he continued.

Rory McIlroy
Rory McIlroy© Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images Sport

Montgomerie, as an experienced figure in the world of golf, asked questions about Rory's future, and what it could potentially look like. Collin revealed what was crucial in the final round to turn things in DeChambeau's favor.

Rory is now going to get the sympathetic vote at Troon, that’s for sure. He’s going to be absolutely cheered on left, right and centre.

The last four holes on Sunday, he could have bogeyed them all as he got up and down at 17th. It was the putt on 16 that was the killer after the wrong club to go big at 15.“- he continued.

The 60-year-old Scot pointed out that Rory made 496 consecutive putts within three feet without missing once, and now it happened to him. Montgomerie questions whether it's coincidence, pressure, or if the 35-year-old was thinking too far ahead. Additionally, Colin raises questions about Rory McIlroy's self-confidence. It seems that after several unsuccessful ventures at the Majors, Rory has likely developed a different perception of himself, losing confidence. Although we all know Rory's qualities, the pressure from the media, fans, and himself seems to create huge issues year after year.

Collin Montgomerie: You just can’t do that

Montgomerie stresses that a player of such caliber should not make such mistakes. Winning a Major is a huge achievement. Competing against so many talented golfers means it's difficult to claim the trophy. The world's best golfers are on the opposite side, and you must remain focused and composed until the very end. Colin hasn't forgotten the factor of luck, considering it crucial in this duel.

 “You just can’t do that. It’s difficult to win majors and I can attest to that, believe me. You just can’t afford to make that type of mistake. At the same time, if you were saying, and I hate to use the word ‘luck, but, over the day, I think Bryson got away with more than Rory did. “- he said.

The 60-year-old made a parallel between McIlroy's moves and some well-known names in the world of golf. Many were shocked after McIlroy's misses, aware that it was the beginning of the end. Montgomerie believes that the scenes from this US Open (McIlroy's) will likely haunt him for the rest of his life. However, if McIlroy regains his form in the coming years and wins a Major, then things could look very different for him.