Colin Montgomerie explains reason why Rory McIlroy’s US Open failure hurts doubly hard

By | June 23, 2024

Colin Montgomerie explains reason why Rory McIlroy’s US Open failure hurts doubly hard

Colin Montgomerie has given an insight on the pain Rory McIlroy will be feeling as a major runner-up

Golf legend Colin Montgomerie has pinpointed expectation as “the killer” in Rory McIlroy‘s heart-wrenching failure to clinch the US Open title. McIlroy was tantalisingly close to ending his major drought last weekend.

He surged to the front of the pack at Pinehurst No. 2 on the final day, only to see his chances slip away with a trio of bogeys in the last four holes, leaving Bryson DeChambeau to snatch the trophy. The crestfallen Northern Irishman has decided to take a brief break, hoping to shake off the sting of yet another runner-up spot in a major.

It’s his fourth such disappointment. Montgomerie, who himself is no stranger to near misses with five second-place finishes in majors, delved into his psyche on The Sports Agents podcast – highlighting how the burden of expectation can exacerbate the agony of defeat.

Via the Mirror, he said: “I’ve been in that position where I threw one away, particularly Winged Foot in 2006 where I double bogeyed the last hole and threw away the US Open. It’s an awful, awful, feeling.

Not just for you’ve let yourself down in a way, you feel you’ve let your family down, you feel for your friends and all the support that’s been given to you for those days or those years leading up to that.

You feel very, very low. You just want the Earth to swallow you up almost. It’s a terrible, terrible feeling of loss. And sport, we’re all involved in it in our ways, it is difficult. Especially when expectation is so high.

And expectation is the killer in most ways. My biggest wins of my career were the ones that I felt I was expected to win. Expect to win is a very, very difficult ask in the world of sport.”

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