However severely, he has no regrets about The a hundred and fiftieth Open Championship loss now, and he nonetheless treasures all of the reminiscences he has at St Andrews – particularly these together with his wider household.
This week once more he’ll play the Dunhill together with his Dad Gerry, and he would far moderately win the Dunhill’s workforce occasion for him moderately than the person title for himself.
Rory McIlroy eagled the Previous Course’s 18th in observe for the Alfred Dunhill Hyperlinks Championship and acquired a stunning bounce on 14 near the pin – and thought ‘how a lot would I’ve preferred these on Sunday again in July’.
“There are many nice reminiscences right here for me, dad and for my household,” he stated. “I really feel prefer it’s the place my skilled profession actually started and actually took off.
“I acquired my European Tour card 15 years in the past right here at this golf course, and you realize, it’s been a fairly nice journey since.”
He’s in a position to make use of that as perspective in how far he’s come, and what St Andrews and July actually means in the entire narrative of his profession.
“I’ll at all times have a deep appreciation for St Andrews and what it means to our sport,” he stated. “I feel that’s extra vital than me attempting to win an Open Championship right here.
“This course and what it means will stand the take a look at of time. I’m within the sport for a finite time and in the future I’ll transfer on and depart the sport to the youthful era. Then they are going to try to do the identical issues that I’ve been attempting to do the final 20 years.
“And once I look again over the 15 years since I received my card right here, it’s been a tremendous life, a tremendous profession, offering you with superb issues, clearly.
“However you continue to have to recollect the place you got here from. I’ve to pinch myself typically and I’ve to provide myself that little perspective.
“Even simply being in that place to have an opportunity to win on 18 at St Andrews, it’s simply stuff that you just dream about as a child.
“I get to reside out my childhood desires and never all people can say that. That’s an unbelievable place to be in.”
This week is welcome mild aid for McIlroy after what has been an eventful and typically fraught yr. It’s additionally a delicate reminder that golf’s about much more than the elite.