Jay Monahan reacts to Rory McIlroy's break after the shock at the US Open

"I've gone back and forth on texts with Rory, and he's - listen, I think his statement said exactly what he's feeling," said Monahan.

by Sead Dedovic
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Jay Monahan reacts to Rory McIlroy's break after the shock at the US Open
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Rory McIlroy is currently the most disappointed golfer on the golf scene. The Northern Irishman, after an unsuccessful final round where he had everything in his hands, "handed over" the victory to Bryson DeChambeau. The 30-year-old golfer was lucky, and with McIlroy's mistakes, he managed to secure the win. 

Although he did not appear at the press conference, McIlroy confirmed via social media that he is disappointed and will need some time off. Rory also confirmed that he will be absent from the Travelers Championship. 

PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan, a well-known figure in golf, reacted to Rory's decision and stated that he exchanged several text messages with him. Monahan respects his decision, believing that he handled it in the right manner.

"I've gone back and forth on texts with Rory, and he's - listen, I think his statement said exactly what he's feeling," said Monahan, as quoted by Golf Monthly. 

"And so, as it relates to him not being here, I think, for all of us, in your job, you oftentimes have to think about what it is that you need."

His colleague Xander Schauffele had interesting remarks about McIlroy, believing that Rory is in a tough spot, emphasizing that Northern Irishman will surely find a way out of this negative streak in majors, ready to make certain changes. The fact that Rory hasn't lifted a major trophy in ten years is frustrating for him. Schauffele thinks that McIlroy is always under a microscope, which likely affects him. Monahan also commented on Schauffele's statements, believing that McIlroy has the right to do what's best for him. The PGA Tour commissioner is looking forward to the Travelers, expecting a spectacle.


"I've gone back and forth on texts with Rory, and he's - listen, I think his statement said exactly what he's feeling," said Monahan. 

"And so, as it relates to him not being here, I think, for all of us, in your job, you oftentimes have to think about what it is that you need."

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

Looking at the reactions from colleagues in the golf world, many have stepped up to support McIlroy, knowing that it's not easy to endure such a loss at the US Open. Particularly frustrating is that McIlroy was close to the finish line, but unfortunately lacked focus and self-belief. It's not easy to play major tournaments under such pressure, with many just waiting for the moment to criticize. 

Despite having numerous majors under his belt at 35, he struggles to perform under these conditions, which reflects in his game. Some are already predicting that McIlroy will make changes in the near future, aware that performances like this at majors must become a thing of the past. Of course, no one can say he had a poor performance. On the contrary, Rory impressed everyone with a brilliant showing, but a golfer of his caliber always aims for the highest goals; winning major trophies.

Rory McIlroy on social media

Rory expressed via social media that he is disappointed with his performance, calling it possibly the toughest day of his career. He's aware of the huge mistakes he made but intends not to focus on the negatives. His priority is to extract positives from his performance and move forward from what happened. Rory McIlroy stresses he's close to achieving his goal and that it's only a matter of time before he wins the next Major. Such a mindset is crucial for a golfer like him because without self-belief, regardless of skill, reaching the goal becomes difficult.


“As I reflect on my week, I’ll rue a few things over the course of the tournament, mostly the 2 missed putts on 16 and 18 on the final day. But, as I always try to do, I’ll look at the positives of the week that far outweigh the negatives. As I said at the start of the tournament, I feel closer to winning my next major championship than I ever have.“- he said.

Despite moments like these awakening pessimism and negativity, for some golfers, such performances and the absence of luck can be fuel for upcoming challenges. McIlroy is a golfer who holds enormous passion and love for golf, as we have seen many times before. A hallmark of great athletes is not giving up even when times are toughest. McIlroy has the qualities and is arguably one of the best golfers in the world, but he must not allow pressure to leave such a mark on him.

We look forward to the future of golf together with him, hoping that the 35-year-old will show his best at the Majors.

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