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THE PLAYERS Championship

Jon Rahm, who carded a sizzling 64 in Round 3, lines up a putt on the ninth green.

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place to be and that’s pretty much where just about everyone noted that McIlroy was McIlroy has been situated since the PGA now 0-for-his-last-9 tries in the final pairing. TOUR season turned the corner into 2019 “I’ve been disciplined this year in not and he began to post red numbers like reading a lot of stuff about myself,” McIlroy Steph Curry tossing down threes. McIlroy said. “So, that helped.” rode into THE PLAYERS having finished A bigger asset, of course, is the return within the top six in each of his five starts, of McIlroy’s swagger, so crisp and assertive. breaking par in 17 of 20 Though it’s been a while rounds. “I’ve been disciplined this since he confirmed his Credit perspective on status with year in not reading a lot of wunderkind the verge of his 30th four major championships stuff about myself.” birthday (May 4). in 15 tries (2011 U.S. “I’m working on Open to 2014 PGA —Rory McIlroy really one thing in my Championship), McIlroy golf swing,” he said, which is in addition remains arguably the game’s most effusive to a reduced practice regimen. “I feel like attraction, easily liked by fans, adored by I’ve figured out a way to manage my time media and admired by peers. The everbetter and what needs to be addressed and popular statement that gets bandied what doesn’t. So, yeah, I’m comfortable.” about—“When (pick a name) is at his While he said he was comfortable, the best, he is the game’s best”—usually is media seemingly wasn’t with McIlroy’s lack accompanied by McIlroy’s name filling in of finishing touch. When he shot 72 and that blank. dropped to T-6 while in the final pairing of Sounds like he feels it should be, too. the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by “I know I’m playing well,” he said at THE Mastercard the week before THE PLAYERS, PLAYERS. “I know I’m shooting the scores

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Official PGA TOUR Essential Guide to Golf: June - November 2019  

In this issue of the Official PGA TOUR Essential Guide to Golf, Rory McIlroy emerges from THE PLAYERS Championship with an important title....

Official PGA TOUR Essential Guide to Golf: June - November 2019  

In this issue of the Official PGA TOUR Essential Guide to Golf, Rory McIlroy emerges from THE PLAYERS Championship with an important title....