McIlroy: Don't have much sympathy for Spieth


Rory McIlroy knows as well as anyone how hard it is to win a green jacket.

McIlroy held a four-shot lead entering the final round of the 2011 Masters, and then he ballooned to an 80. Five years later, the four-time major champion is still looking for a win at Augusta to complete the final leg of the Career Grand Slam.

So that's why when McIlroy was asked this week about Jordan Spieth's collapse last month at the Masters, McIlroy didn't feel much sympathy for his fellow competitor.

"He has got two majors, and he is one of the best players in the world," McIlroy said on Ireland's Off The Ball show on Newstalk. "I'm sure he'll overcome it like a lot of people have."

Of course, another reason McIlroy may not be feeling too bad for Spieth is the 22-year-old Texan already has a green jacket in his closet.

"I was on the 17th and looking at the scoreboard, and I saw Jordan drop from 5 under to 1 under and I couldn't believe it. I didn't know what happened. You can get a bit flustered and I think he did."

As for his own game, McIlroy admitted this week he and coach Michael Bannon have been working on some swing flaws they noticed before the Masters but didn't have time to correct before the first major of the season.

Those flaws were especially noticeable when McIlroy struggled in the final pairing with Spieth during the third round of the Masters.

"I think whenever you are playing in a pressure situation like that it exposes the weaknesses in your game, and it definitely exposed those for me," he said. "I had to think long and hard after Augusta."

(H/T the Independent)