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McIlroy's keys to victory: 'Process' and 'spot'

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HOYLAKE, England – Those two trigger words that Rory McIlroy kept close to the vest this week at the Open?

“Process”.

“Spot”.

“Very simple,” he said Sunday night, with a sheepish grin. “It’s going to be a big letdown for everyone.”

Pretty much, since most everyone assumed it was something technical (“left shoulder down through impact”), motivational (“claret jug”) or maybe even vengeful (a shot back at Caroline!).


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Nonetheless, we’ll let McIlroy explain why those trigger words worked so well during his 17-under 271 and two-shot victory at Royal Liverpool:

“With my long shots I just wanted to stick to my process and stick to making good decisions, making good swings,” he said.

“And ‘spot’ was for my putting. I was just picking a spot on the green and then trying to roll it over my spot every time. I wasn’t thinking about holing it. I wasn’t thinking about what it would mean or how many further clear it would get me. I just wanted to roll that ball over that spot.”