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Rory: "The big difference this year has been that when I haven't been at my best, I have still competed and won tournaments."

Bad news boys, Rory McIlroy knows how to win when he's not at his best, the very trait that made (makes?) Tiger Woods and other all-time great so annoying to their peers.

From Ewan Murray's game story covering the Dubai World Championship, where McIlroy closed with five birdies to edge deep closer Justin Rose:

"The big difference this year has been that when I haven't been at my best, I have still competed and won tournaments," said McIlroy.

"That's something I said I wanted to get better at. Before this year, I felt my wins came when I just played great golf and nobody could get near me.

"Being able to win when not at your best is what Tiger has done for so many years. That's why he has won so many tournaments. I'm definitely not at that level yet, but I'm learning how to do it."

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Reader Comments (8)

What a great talent the boy is. Was there yesterday and he is a joy to watch. Heard from an "insider" that he (and his significant other) are now heading to the Rockies (Colorado) for his first time ever on the snow. Here's hoping he doesn't "do a Casey" and deprive us of his talents in 2013. Roll on Augusta ...
11.26.2012 | Unregistered CommenterDubai Pete
353 yard drive that set up a 200 yard par 5 approach. Yawn. But the lasered 5i on the par 3 17th to take the lead was more like it!
11.26.2012 | Unregistered CommenterAmen Coroner
Props to Rose for a great Sunday, even though it wasn't enough. Made the tournament interesting until Rory took the lead on 17 and had an easy 5 to finish. (Note: "Easy" does not apply to Luke Donald's attempts to play 18.)
11.26.2012 | Unregistered CommenterThe O
Tiger's expedition to the summit of Mt. Nicklaus has gotten a lot steeper.

Tiger's current A game is vulnerable to Rory's B game.
11.26.2012 | Unregistered Commentersgolfer
With Rory its really all about the putter, the weeks he's hot - he's very difficult to keep up with, the weeks he isn't, he can go miss a cut
11.26.2012 | Unregistered Commenterelf
He's a good kid, a great player and a credit to the game. Here's hoping he wins another handful of majors.
11.26.2012 | Unregistered Commentertlavin
6 more Daily Double's to go...
11.26.2012 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
Wonderful player, wonderful kid. His parents did a heck of a job. My hope for him is that he remains fundamentally the same person he is today. There was a lot of talk on Golf Central tonight in regard to whether or not he will dominate golf like Tiger. I doubt if he will, not because of a lack of talent of course, but it seems to me he is a different kind of person. If you want to know what kind of person replay his speech after winning the Honda and becoming No. 1. He was effusive in his compliments to tournament officials, volunteers etc. There was nothing about him. Not something you have ever seen out of Tiger at a big career moment. You see Rory 'fist pump" but it is moderated. I don't think you'll ever see Rory McIlroy after holing a putt to win, standing on a green beating his chest and bellowing like Tiger. Rory takes comfort in and enjoys those around him. Tiger has a "me against the world" attitude and is a solitary figure. I feel Rory plays the game because he loves the game. I often felt that Tiger simply liked the beat down and it could have been golf, dominos or anything, just as long as he won. Rory has balance and character, things Tiger seems to lack.

Well done Mr. MIlroy, keep up the good work and remain grounded. You're a pleasure to watch play golf and a pleasure as a person.
11.26.2012 | Unregistered CommenterNospin

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