PONTE VEDRA COASTLINE, Fla.– It’s a little bit like just how he came to value beer.
That’s just how Rory McIlroy explain the means he found out to like Pete Dye courses.
“An acquired taste,” McIlroy claimed Tuesday as he prepared to safeguard his title at The PlayersChampionship “They’re like beer when you’re younger. You sort of don’t like it, but then you think it’s cool to drink it, and then you sort of acquire a taste for it.”
McIlroy has actually made clear of his disappointment having fun Dye courses early his occupation, however he claimed that all transformed at Whistling Straits in 2010, when he linked for 3rd at the PGA Championship, ending up a flashed of a playoff, the year Martin Kaymer beat Bubba Watson in added openings.
“I turned a corner,” McIlroy claimed. “I showed up there … as well as I despised it.
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“I really did not like it. I had to tell myself, `Look, you just need to like it for one week. Just get your head around liking this place for one week and embracing the fact that it’s different and the fact that it’s visually a little funky.’”
McIlroy’s self-talk was so persuading, he located himself over a 15- foot putt at the 72 nd opening, with a birdie opportunity that would certainly have placed him in the playoff. McIlroy missed out on the putt, however he won a brand-new overview that would certainly offer him well in the future.
” I never ever suched as just how [Dye] made you really feel on the golf links, in regards to concealing points as well as angles,” McIlroy claimed. “It makes you a little bit uncomfortable, which is obviously his plan. He’s a wonderful designer of golf courses, but that was the week where I had to embrace what Pete tried to put into his golf courses.”
Two years later on, McIlroy took place to win a set of large occasions on Dye layouts, taking the PGA Championship at Kiawah Island and after that a month later on winning the BMW Championship, a FedExCup playoff occasion at Crooked Stick.
He declared his 3rd triumph on a Dye program winning The Players in 2014.
“I’ve started to quite like them,” McIlroy claimed.
Only 3 various other gamers have actually won a lot more on Dyecourses Davis Love III has actually won 7 times on Dye courses, Watson 5 times as well as Stewart Cink 4 times.