BETHESDA, Md. – Rory McIlroy signed for his closing 68 at Muirfield Village, hoped a plane for Miami and was bound for another world, or so it must have seemed to the Northern Irishman.
McIlroy, who signed on as a “patron” to the global children’s relief organization Unicef this year, flew to Haiti on Monday and spent two days in the earthquake-stricken country. It was an eye-opening trip for a man whose toughest moment in his young life may have been a closing 80 this year at Augusta National.
“I thought I had perspective before going to Haiti,” McIlroy reasoned. “It makes you feel so lucky. I can sit here and drink a bottle of water . . . all the things people do.”
The most moving moment for McIlroy was driving by the ruins of the presidential palace. “The dome on top was still toppled over,” he said. “If they can’t repair the presidential palace they can’t do anything.”