Rory McIlroy had a season to recollect, however there’s at the very least one factor he regrets.
“I am like, ‘F—ing hell, I’ve simply given Tiger COVID!'”
McIlroy stated he first felt signs whereas taking part in in Eire on the JP McManus Professional-Am every week and a half earlier than The Open at St Andrews.
The sector for the two-day, 36-hole occasion at Adare Manor featured 9 of the highest 10 gamers on the planet on the time, in addition to Woods, and, McIlroy stated, “everybody had COVID.”
After taking part in Monday and Tuesday, “Tiger wanted a relaxation on Wednesday. We had performed two days of golf at Adare, and the plan was to play Ballybunion on Thursday,” McIlroy stated. “I awakened that morning feeling a bit achy however did not actually suppose something of it. JP [McManus] gave us his chopper, and we went down with (my supervisor) Sean [O’Flaherty] and Tiger’s supervisor, Rob [McNamara]. We acquired round positive, flew again to Adare for lunch and as I am getting up from the desk, I am sore and stiff and tremendous drained. I stated to (my spouse) Erica, ‘I am feeling a bit bizarre. I am simply going upstairs to lie down for a bit.’ I slept for perhaps two hours and the sweat was simply pouring off me, then Erica took my temperature and it was sky excessive. I rang Tiger: ‘I am not feeling so good right here.’ And he goes, ‘Oh, I really feel OK.’ However he texted me at 10 o’clock that evening, chills, fever, and I am like, ‘F—ing hell, I’ve simply given Tiger COVID! That is horrendous!’ So we each had COVID going into The Open.”
Whereas McIlroy by no means stated within the interview that he examined optimistic for COVID-19, he described going the whole week at The Open with out with the ability to style something.
“On Tuesday evening I went to the Champions Dinner and it was beautiful. I used to be sitting there ingesting water and so they poured a glass of wine, a stunning 2005 Bordeaux, and I used to be like, ‘Ahh, I am going to simply have a little bit sip,’ however I could not style it,” McIlroy stated. “The entire week of The Open I did not have any style, and all the things smelled like vinegar to me. Every thing. It was actually unusual.”
Regardless of not being 100%, McIlroy completed third at The Open, whereas Woods ended up lacking the lower.
McIlroy stored up his robust play all through the season, incomes the FedEx Cup for a report third time, successful two different tournaments and getting again to No. 1 on the planet rating. Moreover, he was the strongest and most frequent voice in assist of the PGA Tour’s problem from Saudi-funded LIV Golf.
Woods has not performed since The Open, however he took dwelling a $15 million bonus from the PGA Tour’s Participant Influence Program, which is designed to reward members “proven to generate probably the most optimistic curiosity within the PGA Tour.” He was scheduled to play once more this weekend on the 20-man Hero World Problem, which advantages Woods’ basis, however stated Monday that plantar fasciitis will keep him from playing.
Data from ESPN’s Mark Schlabach and The Related Press was used on this report.