WGC - Bridgestone Invitational: Rory McIlroy Looking to Ignite Another Hot Streak to Close Season

By Carl Conrad
Rory McIlroy WGC Bridgestone Invitational
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The saga surrounding Rory McIlroy and the struggles he has faced in 2013 seem to never end. One week we’re talking about the Ulsterman admitting he’s not in the right place mentally and the next he’s getting unsolicited relationship advice from Gary Player. Talk about the covering all sides of the spectrum.

The good news for McIlroy fans is that the youngster feels that he has emerged from his “brain dead” state and appears to have a sense of confidence about him that has been missing for the vast majority of the year. “I’ve left it behind, and I’m looking forward to the rest of the year,” McIlroy said. He’s certainly had his ups and downs this year, but golf is a game that requires a short memory. It looks like McIlroy has finally realized that you cannot spend too much time celebrating the good outings or dwelling on the bad ones.

“I’ve got a lot of great events coming up and events that I did well at last year. So hopefully those positive memories can see me through and I can start to play the golf that I know that I can,” he went on to say. Who knows, maybe the power of positive thinking will ignite a hot streak that carries McIlroy through the end of the season. It happened at this event last year when he started an impressive run of four top five finishes in five events with a tie for fifth at Firetsone Country Club. In that stretch, he won three events, including the PGA Championship.

So, yeah, I’d say there’s good reason to be positive about his chances at the WGC – Bridgestone Invitational and for the rest of the season.

Carl Conrad is the Senior Golf Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter or add him to your network on Google.


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