Rory McIlroy bounced back from his heartbreaking final Masters round last week with an impressive start to his Malaysian Open. The 21-year-old looked in fine form as he went round in 69, less than a week from his Augusta disintegration. The Northern Irishman's preparations were hardly ideal and his clubs only arriving the night before his opening round after a baggage hitch. The golf betting now indicates he is set to keep himself in contention for the tournament.
With the busy nature of the past week for McIlroy, he didn't get a chance to go round the course at the Kuala Lumpa Golf and Country Club, and had to rely on being guided round by his caddie JP Fitzgerald. The hectic preparations didn't seem to have a negative impact on his game as he produced some of the inspired golf he showed on the opening three days at Augusta last week.
Although many thought his Masters experience could have destroyed his form for the next few months and maybe even longer, he hasn't hidden away since last Sunday and has been brave enough to face any question asked of him. Despite the obvious disappointment from last week, McIlroy has made it clear he moving on from the Masters.
He said: "I'm over it, I'm fine. I think other people are more upset about it than I am about it. I'm going to have so many more chances to win majors, that's not just me being cocky, I believe in myself."
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