Heading out for the second round in Kuala Lumpar after a week that included holding a four-shot lead after 54 holes in a major, posting a back-nine 43 on Sunday to lose a chance at your first major championship, jumping in a private jet with eventual champion Charl Schwartzel and having the chutzpah to post a photo of you with him, and then announcing to the world that the airlines lost your golf clubs, it seemed almost appropriate that McIlroy would be sporting green. Why in the world would he be thinking about something that happened last week, when he squandered a chance at the green jacket, when he could be rocking his green Oakley golf shirt and firing a second-round 64 to put him atop the leaderboard at 11-under with Alexander Noren?
Short memories are great for professional golfers, and it seems McIlroy is rocking one of the best.
It doesn't seem likely that after such a tumultuous week, McIlroy could keep it together for 72 holes to win a competitive European Tour event, but sometimes it seems that the most comfortable a professional golfer can be is actually on the golf course. He doesn't have to answer questions about the Masters, or his future, or how he can handle the pressure. For McIlroy, he can just go out, do what he does best, and enjoy the walk.
Anyone that watched his play on Sunday at Augusta National has to enjoy the way he played the first two rounds, and will continue to root for him over the weekend in hopes that this one won't slip away. For now, I'm sure Rory is just happy to be playing well, and happy he actually got his golf clubs before his Thursday tee time.
- Rory McIlroy
- Charl Schwartzel