It’s been a seesaw battle for bragging rights to being the best player in the world lately. Sports in general often commoditizes a player performance with judge and jury being the final results. Rory McIlroy has missed the cut in his last two events heading into the Memorial and that has given some reason to pause the cascading superlatives on the young Irishman. Last year’s U.S. Open catapulted him into a new stratosphere and that can be hard to live up to eventually. His stable mate in the battle for #1 recognizes that McIlroy is still young and prone to make a mistake or two along the way.
“Rory obviously talked about it, that he maybe took his eye off the ball he said. I remember when I was 23 and had an attractive girlfriend; I would take my eye off the ball sometimes, as well. You can't blame the kid,” said Donald. “He's obviously realized that, and it looks like he's trying to focus on practicing a little bit harder and getting back to what he does,” he continued. “It's a tough game, this game. Certainly for me, from a personal standpoint, if I don't put the work in, I'm not going to get the results. Talent can only take you so far, and Rory sounds like he's kind of got to that point where everything has been pretty easy up until this point, and he's come into a little bit of a bad run of form, which this game does that to you. It's a fickle game, and it's tough. You've just got to work through it.” When it comes to the end justifying the means, winning cures all but when that becomes more elusive to accomplish it’s easy to point the finger of blame.