Rory McIlroy seems to be taking the fact that he lost the number one spot in the official world golf rankings relatively well. He’s taking it so well, in fact, that he sent a congratulatory text message to new number one, Tiger Woods.
Woods had some interesting advice in his reply to McIlroy. When speaking about the message exchange, he elaborated, “Just congratulated him and stuff as well, and he said everything was good there,” McIlroy said. “Told me to get my finger out of my (rear end) and win this week.”
That’s good advice if I’ve ever heard. And, considering McIlroy’s current situation, it was appropriate, too. The man who spent 32 weeks as the top golfer in the world hasn’t looked comfortable all year long. He’s looked as if he is lost at times on the golf course. It’s entirely likely that the pressure of the spotlight, his new mega-sponsorship deal and increasingly huge expectations finally caught up with him.
McIlroy is playing the Shell Houston Open this week in his final warm-up for The Masters. He needs to put together a few quality rounds to get his mind right before heading to Augusta National. Woods taking over the top spot in the world might actually be beneficial for McIlroy, as it will take a good deal of the attention off of him (at least at the outset of the event) and allow him to focus on just playing golf.