$1.278m Charlotte stroll bores Rory McIlroy

What occupation could be boring when you are averaging just over $41,000 for a single days work?

But then World No 1 Rory McIlroy is getting so used to winning he cheekily says victory last Sunday in suburban Charlotte was boring.

Daylight was a distant runner-up with McIlroy cruising comfortably to a second Wells Fargo Championship and an 11th PGA Tour title.

The $1.278m first prize cheque, and McIlroy’s second $US1m plus pay day in three weeks, has taken the 26-year old’s earnings on the PGA Tour alone to $27,352,632 in his 94 PGA money counting events.

That’s an average of $290,985 a round and when you calculate the number of times McIlroy has made the cut on the PGA Tour, and that numbers 82 events, then he’s averaged around $41,380 a round.

Quail Hollow will always hold a special place in McIlroy’s heart given he captured a first PGA Tour win five years ago and in shooting a final round 62.

And after setting up a second victory on the back of Saturday’s pro career low of 61, McIlroy spoke of his emotions last Sunday compared to five years ago as a 20-year old and youngest tournament winner.

“It was sort of boring this time in terms of there wasn’t much excitement on the back nine,” he said.

“Five years ago when I won here I finished with six 3s.

“So it would have been nice to finish with six 3s again but I didn’t quite need to.

“It was more of a controlled effort and I do feel like I am a more controlled player. I took command of the tournament on Saturday and I just needed to play a solid final round so to shoot a 69 got the job done.

“I learned how to handle these positions and I’m finishing the job off the way I should and that’s very pleasing.”

What also is also pleasing is that McIlroy is back looking at ease with all about him. He had two of his best mates in Ricky McCormick, now a pro at Holywood GC, and Mitchell Tweedie by his side all week and their company clearly helps.

McIlroy’s also got over the weight of ‘Grand Slam’ expectation of two months ago that not only the media placed on his shoulders but that he now admits he added to.

“I’m not going to lie as there was a not of expectation going into Augusta, a lot of hype, lot of expectations that I also put on myself,” he said.

“It was a great opportunity to do something special that very few players in this game have done.

“But then I’ll go back next year with the same opportunity so yes, since the Masters a little bit of a weight lifted off my shoulders and has freed me up to not think about the Gran Slam.

“So I can just go out and play the rest of the season and play the way I know that I can play and that’s why I’m excited about what’s coming up with three Majors still to play.”

And McIlroy gave a great sense of this more relaxed post-Masters mood in responding to USGA CEO Mike Davis recent comments that US Open competitor heading to ‘unknown’ Chambers Bay next month.

In short, Davis remarked that if a golfer shows up during US Open week looking at yardage books, and expecting a caddie to do all the legwork — he has no chance of winning the year’s second major.

McIlroy cheekily responded: “What’s Mike Davis’ handicap?”

For the record, it is five.

“With the way the Tour is, no one is going to go out there and play 10 practice rounds,” added McIlroy

“I’m going to go up a little early. I’m going to play a couple practice rounds the weekend before, and then I’ll probably play another, you know, 18 holes.

“At the end of the day, there’s going to be someone lifting the trophy at the end of the week. Chambers Bay is a bit of an unknown to most people, so you have to prepare – but ... I think you can fall into the trap of trying to over prepare.

“If you don’t go out there and execute the shots that week, all that preparation doesn’t mean anything. So I’d much rather have my game in good shape going in there and play practice rounds the way I usually would. I think that will do well for me.”


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