McIlroy "More Motivated Than Ever" After Royal Portrush Missed Cut

Rory McIlroy has released a statement after missing the cut by one at the Open Championship

McIlroy "More Motivated Than Ever"

Rory McIlroy has released a statement after missing the cut by one at the Open Championship

McIlroy "More Motivated Than Ever" After Royal Portrush Missed Cut

Rory McIlroy says he has "learned a lot" and is "more motivated than ever" after missing the cut at the Open Championship at Royal Portrush.

The Northern Irishman missed out on the weekend by a single stroke after rounds of 79 and 65.

He then broke down in tears in his post-round interview on Sky Sports after the support, as he said in his post-tournament statement, "hit me like a ton of bricks".

Read McIlroy's statement below -

"I don’t quite know where to start, so I’ll just say THANK YOU!

"Thank you to the R&A for bringing The Open back to Northern Ireland.

"Thank you to everyone at Royal Portrush for providing an amazing facility to host the biggest golf tournament in the world.

"Thank you to all my family, friends, team, sponsors and partners for supporting me throughout my journey as a golfer and a man.

"But last and by no means least, thank you to every single one of you willing me on as I was fighting to play the weekend.

"Whether you were there in person or watching on TV, it was overwhelming to experience.

"As I said afterwards, your support hit me like a ton of bricks.

"I don’t know what I’ve done to deserve it, but I am so appreciative and I’ll do my best to let you know that more often.

"I learned a lot over the past few days and I’m more motivated than ever to become the golfer and competitor I know I can be.

"Thank you for believing in me and know that I’m giving my absolute most every time I tee it up."

Rory McIlroy tees it up this week in Memphis at the WGC-FedEx St Jude Invitational at TPC Southwind.

He has had two wins so far in 2019 along with nine top-10s.

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Elliott Heath is our News Editor and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-5. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!


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