Farmers Insurance Open 2020: Rory McIlroy gets a chance to let his actions speak louder than the words on his return to the competition. Only last month, the confidence of the Northern Irish became apparent: “I believe that in due time I am the best player in the world, and I think I can do it for a long time” – enjoying his winter break, and he will get an immediate opportunity to prove his point of view on Farmers Insurance Open in Torrey Pines, where victory will return him to the No. 1 world before Brooks Koepka.
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McIlroy took first place in the world seven times in his career, but not since September 2015, when he took first place for just one week. In total, he spent a cumulative 95 weeks as number 1 in his career, but six different players – Jason Day, Jordan Spit, Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Justin Rose and Koepka – all enjoyed internships since the last time McIlroy did this.
Only a victory at the Torrey Pines would allow the 30-year-old Co Down guy to regain first place, returning to the tournament game – after an eight-week break – in the tournament, where he finished fifth year ago.
Although he was unable to win a major last season, McIlroy conducted an extremely successful campaign – four wins, including the Players, thanks to which he finished in the top 10 in 19 of his 25 starts last year, and that was that level of consistency. which most pleased him.
Preparing to return to action at the Farmers Insurance Open, McIlroy took advantage of the fact that his coach Michael Bannon worked with him for a week in Jupiter, Florida, while in addition to preparing for the game of golf, he also attended Conor McGregor’s on time . The UFC fight in Las Vegas last weekend.
Without complicating his thoughts about swing earlier this year, McIlroy recently remarked: “For several years I tried to be too perfect, I tried to do something with my swing. .. everyone thinks I’m a sensitive player, but there are a lot of technical things that can help. I really want to play with as much feeling as possible. ”
McIlroy, currently the sixth in the FedEx Cup standings on the PGA Tour, where he aims to be the first player to successfully defend this title for the entire season, begins his 2020 route to Torrey Pines and is then scheduled to participate in the Genesis Invitational in Los Angeles next month. McIlroy is the only Irish player on the field at Farmers Insurance, where Rose is the reigning champion.
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Shane Lowry, eager to recover from the frustration of missing a cut in his defense of the Abu Dhabi championship, and Padraig Harrington are both in the field for this week’s European Tournament, Omega Dubai Desert Classic.
The first LPG Gainbridge in Boca Rio in Boca Raton, Florida, this week marks the first start of the season of Leona Maguire on the LPGA Tour. Maguire, who earned her full card on the Symetra Tour last season, and Stephanie Meadow, who successfully kept her full card, are participating in a tournament won last year by the French Celine Butier.
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