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Rory McIlroy: The Biography By Frank Worrall

Release date: 15th July, 2013
Publisher: John Blake Publishing

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We’ve all been there: unintentionally messed something up at work, only to be reminded of our error for several days afterwards via a combination of friendly ribbing or, worse still, disappointingly smug glances from those delighted to temporarily revel in our discomfort and embarrassment.

So imagine you’re Rory McIlroy. Twelve months ago, you couldn’t put a foot wrong and after winning your second major, the USPGA, you enjoy a quite phenomenal second half of the season and eventually top the money lists on both sides of the Atlantic.

By August 2013, it all appears to have turned sour. Every aspect of your game and life is subject to microscopic scrutiny. Is, it, commentators ask, his new clubs; his mind; his girlfriend? Then Nick Faldo and Gary Player chip in with their two penneth worth, just for good measure.

Yet despite currently being rated 58th in the world and submitting cards containing scores he probably last produced as a 14 year-old amateur, we should not lose sight of how good the Northern Irishman is.

Thankfully, the prolific sporting biographer Frank Worrall reminds us of the young man’s undoubted talent in a tome which counter-balances much of the unnecessary criticism and over-analysis to which he’s been subject. Let’s not forget, McIlroy is only 24.

In Worrall’s opinion, a youngster who could drive a golf ball 40 yards at the age of two and who recorded his first hole in one aged nine was always destined to become a top golfer. It was only six years ago that McIlroy won the Silver Medal at the Open at Carnoustie as the tournament’s best amateur, the same year in which he headed the world amateur rankings.

Though he provides a well-researched compilation of the golfer’s amateur days, the author’s narrative is understandably directed towards the twin peaks of McIlroy’s professional career to date: the US Open, which he won at the Congressional club in 2011, and last year’s USPGA where he finished 16 under par.

After reading Rory McIlroy: The Biography, it becomes clear to this reviewer that the young man’s current setbacks are indeed temporary because as we all know, class is permanent and McIlroy has that in abundance.


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