Golf – Irish Open: McGinley backing for McIlroy


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Europe’s Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley believes Rory McIlroy will be one to watch at this week’s Irish Open, despite his recent drop in form.

The world number two has struggled to repeat his success of 2011 and 2012 when he won the US Open and the PGA Championship to assert his dominance on the field.

McIlroy has failed to pick up a victory since the Dubai World Championship last November, leading to a number of people questioning his quality.

The Northern Irishman has also failed to make the cut on two occasions during the European Tour this year, at the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship and BMW PGA Championship.

McGinley believes the 24-year-old’s aggressive style of play will mean that he is forced, at times, to sacrifice his consistency.

McGinley said: “There’s going to be ups, there’s going to be downs. That’s just his DNA, that’s how he is. That is what he is going to be.

“(Six-time major winner) Nick Faldo was very much a flatliner. If he wasn’t winning he was in the top five and, if he wasn’t in the top five, he was in the top 10. He never missed cuts, he never seemed to miss a beat.

”Whereas Rory is different, Rory is going to be up and down, that’s what makes him so exciting.”

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