Rory McIlroy returns to motion on his thirty fourth birthday after a break for his ‘psychological and emotional well-being’ following Augusta setback… with world No 3 carding an encouraging 68 on the Wells Fargo Championship
- McIlroy revealed he wanted a break for his ‘psychological and emotional well-being’
- World No 3 criticised for withdrawing from RBC Heritage after Masters setback
- He pointed to the strains of his involvement in golf’s civil struggle throughout previous yr
Rory McIlroy marked his thirty fourth birthday by returning to motion on the Wells Fargo Championship on Thursday.
The Northern Irishman, who began on the again 9, had a birdie on his opening gap and his closing gap in an encouraging three-under-par 68.
McIlroy returned to event play for the primary time since lacking the minimize at the Masters final month.
The world No 3 attracted criticism when he adopted his disappointment at Augusta by rapidly withdrawing from the RBC Heritage the subsequent week.
That call has price McIlroy an estimated $3million in Participant Affect Program bonuses because the RBC is without doubt one of the PGA Tour’s ‘designated occasions’, however in breaking his silence on Tuesday, the Northern Irishman pointed to the strains of his involvement in golf’s civil struggle throughout the previous yr.
Rory McIlroy marked his thirty fourth birthday by returning to motion on the Wells Fargo Championship
McIlroy returned to event play for the primary time since lacking the minimize on the Masters
McIlroy advised the Golf Channel: ‘Extra for my psychological and emotional well-being I wanted to be at residence for these few weeks. I believe I am in a greater head area than I used to be.
‘I wanted a break for me. Clearly, after the frustration of Augusta, and it has been a fairly taxing 12 months mentally, so it was good to only attempt to disconnect and get away from it. But it surely’s good to return again and really feel refreshed.
‘You already know, that run-up to Augusta is at all times a tense sufficient couple of weeks making an attempt ensuring all the pieces’s in the proper order and ensuring your recreation’s in fine condition.
‘I believe for me it was a pleasant reset as a result of I nonetheless needed to realise that there is three extra majors this yr, there is a ton left to play for.’
McIlroy left Augusta with out doing any interviews after falling far wanting his objective of finishing the profession grand slam.