How Rory McIlroy can make golf history this week

Rory Mc Ilroy

Rory McIlroy is unquestionably the most on-form player in the world right now.

Just look at his results on the PGA Tour this season: 3rd, 1st, T-3rd, T-5th, 5th, T-5th.

It’s not for nothing that he’s the current world No.1 

So, if anybody is perfectly placed to make history at The PLAYERS Championship this week, it’s him.

That’s precisely what the 30-year-old will do if he successfully defends the title he won last year.

• "It's aggravating" - What's bothering Rory?

• Coronavirus: Full list of golf events impacted

Nobody in the 47-year history of The PLAYERS has won the event in back-to-back years.

Not Jack, not Tiger, not Phil. Nobody.

• Sponsors drop pro over homophobic post

In actual fact, only six players have won the TPC Sawgrass event more than once.

So, there’s a lot more at stake this week than a record prize fund of $15m – and that’s something that Rory is acutely aware of.


“I don't think you ever need an extra motivation when you come to this golf tournament but to be the first one to defend here would be very cool,” he said.

“This course can play so differently day-to-day, depending on wind direction, conditions. You know, it is such a cliché here, but it really doesn't suit any one style of play or any one type of player.

• RIFE Golf launches new shoe range

• Scots club decides to discontinue membership

“I'm sure there have been people in the past that have had opportunities to maybe defend and finished well up there, but I don't know, I'd love to give myself a chance.

"If I can keep playing the way I've been playing and get myself into contention on Sunday, it would be something extra to play for, which would be pretty cool.”

Share this Article

twitter-logo facebook-logo

Latest Videos See all videos right arrow

play button
TITLEIST TOUR SPEED – Better than the Pro V1???
play button
Golf Lessons
play button
TaylorMade MG2 TW Grind Wedges – Tiger Woods’ secret short game weapon
play button
A simple drill for perfect timing | IMG Academy
Golf Lessons
See all videos right arrow

Golf News

The World Handicap System: Everything you need to know
Want to work in golf? This is the website for you...
Tour reverses decision to let fans attend Scottish Open
"There's no way it could have happened" - Padraig Harrington has no regrets over Ryder Cup postponement
Scottish Golf issues new guidance to clubs after lockdown changes

Other Top Stories

Tiger Woods: Inside his $41million Florida mansion
The very best pubs in St Andrews
The Scottish Golf Course Emoji Quiz!
24 lies every bad golfer tells
Doug Sanders: The extraordinary life of golf's original playboy

Quick Fault 'n' Fixes See all videos right arrow

play button
Strengthen the clubface at impact
play button
Improve your posture
play button
Use your hands less during the golf swing
play button
Don’t de-loft your clubface
See all videos right arrow