Rory McIlroy roars back into contention at Quail Hollow in the Wells Fargo championship on the US PGA tour. Charlotte, North Carolina was the setting for the Northern Irishman’s return to form at the highest level of golf. Commentators like Nick Faldo and Ian Baker Finch have repeatedly referenced Rory’s failure to win since 2019 as due to the Covid lockdown conditions on the golfing tours. No crowds or limited crowds has, according to the experts, reduced the on-course atmosphere and some players have suffered in response. Rory roaring back into contention is proof of their theorem regarding the importance of fans to golfers like the multiple major winner McIlroy, as Quail Hollow was the scene of tournament crowds once more.
Show Ponies Need the Fans to Perform
My dear old dad would have called these players show ponies but their game’s need for adoring spectators is undeniable. I suppose doing something special is all the more appreciated when there are legions of golfing fans watching you. Performing under the gun in the heat of the moment is amplified by the presence of vocal supporters and onlookers. Rory McIlroy has been a wunderkind of golf, having achieved greatness at an early age. His golfing life has been one firmly under the gaze of an appreciative audience all his life. The absence of fans must have been a jarring silence for Rory.
Rory McIlroy In Full Flight is a Special Sight in Golf
McIlroy is a prodigious driver of the golf ball, as his lithe frame athletically pounds that ball out there. The on-course crowd loves to see Rory smash that small white sphere massive distances. Oohs and aahrs are regularly heard as the talented McIlroy goes about his business on the golf course. It was good to see him competing at the pointy end of a tournament once again. Rory dancing with Gary Woodland, Keith Mitchell, and Viktor Hovland in the final round of the Wells Fargo in North Carolina.
Quail Hollow is One Tough Golf Course
Quail Hollow is a tough golf course to contend on, with the Green Mile milking strokes like a vigorous milk maid. This course has been the scene of a major, with the PGA championship in 2017 being won by Justin Thomas. Quail Hollow will be the setting for the 2022 Presidents Cup. Originally designed by George Cobb and with redesigns by Arnold Palmer and Tom Fazio this is one challenging golf course.
Great to see Rory McIlroy win this championship for the third time! Rory is back and don’t the fans love it.