Paul McGinley joined Joe Molloy and Nathan Murphy to discuss all things golf including his round today at the Irish Open and what he thinks is wrong with Rory McIlroy's game. Here’s what he had to say:
"I don’t know enough about it to say. I don’t know what he’s like on reading the greens. The go to plan for professional golfers when we lose our game is back to science. We never go back to that creativity in the mind. You very rarely see guys practicing on how to read greens. I’m surprised that science hasn’t given us a way in showing you how to read greens," he said.
"It's player responsibility. This idea of having to have the best caddie, everybody is different. You got to find out what’s best for you. He’s every much his own boss. Don’t go to an overbearing caddie. The responsibility then comes with him. He’s approaching each 15 footer with a different mind set.
"Particularly when you’re as talented as Rory, playing golf comes easy to him. His challenge is that ability to remain patient. There’s a huge expectation on his shoulders every time he plays. When you’ve a lot of success at a very young age and you win major tournaments and you make a lot of money, that’s great but it brings a huge sense of expectation on your shoulders. Dealing with that expectation is a difficult thing to do, that’s why you see players disappearing".
When asked if he thought McIlroy would ever win another major, here is what McGinley had to say.
"Nobody hands them to you, you’ve got to go out and earn them, so that’s going to be up to Rory and how he sees it. It’s excitement of going forward. Rory certainly when he was younger, he disguised it very well and he had an unquenchable ambition.
"I know there’s a lot going on in his life at the moment, and there’s also that frustration it’s not coming through for him. The Masters was a blow to him".