McIlroy in limbo, but is still ready to roll


  • Golf
  • Sunday, 29 Mar 2020

McIlroy would have been looking forward to the Masters, but instead has to wait to hear if the Majors will be played at all this season.

WORLD number one Rory McIlroy might be out of action because of the cancelled Tour events, but he is ready to get going, just as soon as they say when.

The Northern Irishman chatted with former England football international and Sky Sports’ pundit Jamie Redknapp on Instagram and shared how he was dealing with his time-off, brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Under normal circumstances, McIlroy would have been preparing for the first Major of the season, the US Masters at Augusta National Golf Club in Atlanta, Georgia, which was scheduled from April 9 to 12.

But that has since been called off – and has now been postponed indefinitely – with the PGA Tour coming to a standstill for at least the next couple of months or so.

“I need something to practice for, ” McIlroy said. “I have no idea when we are going to play again and I’d rather build myself up to something (like the US Masters).

“I know if I go out there and hit balls, I’m not doing it for any purpose.

“I love golf and it has given me a lot of really great things but I think I love the competition more. If there’s no competition, then there’s nothing to look forward to.

“Augusta play their cards close to their chest, they don’t really let much out of the bag.

“I hope that they play it in October. Potentially, you are looking at four Majors, a Ryder Cup and the FedEx Cup in the space of 12 weeks.

“If we all get back to playing around mid-summer, it is going to be a hectic 12 or 15 weeks of all the big events.”

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