Golf: McIlroy speaks after shot accidentally hits father
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Golfing star Matthew Wolff has praised Rory McIlroy on his recent comments surrounding mental health, labeling them ‘so powerful and true’.
McIlroy recently brought mental health in sport into the spotlight, as he showed support for Olympians Simone Biles and Naomi Osaka as both were forced to withdraw from their respective events due to their mental health.
As a result, Wolff has also suffered from mental health issues in the past year, after the 22-year-old took a two month break away from golf following disqualification from this year’s masters after signing a miss-marked scorecard.
Ahead of this week’s opening FedEx Cup play-off at the Northern Trust, the 2019 3M Open champion spoke about the importance of McIlroy’s comments to his own mental health battles, and those across the sporting world.
Wolff commented: “About Naomi Osaka and Simone Biles and stuff, I want to move that to what Rory said. He was at the Olympics, and they asked him about Naomi and Simone, and I think his quote on that was so powerful and so true.
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“I think that what he said was really powerful because, if you don’t feel a hundred percent right, no matter if it’s physical or mental, it is an injury, and you should be able to rehab and take your time in order to get to a place where you need to be.”
He later added: “I feel like I had that time, and I’m looking forward to this off-season to working on it a little bit more. I’m definitely going to take as much time as I can off in the fall to work on that and work on my game as well as my mental side and just being happy.
Since returning from his break the American looks to be getting back to the form he showcased when announcing himself as one of the PGA Tour’s hottest prospects in 2019 and 2020, with top-20 finishes at both the US Open and WGC-FedEx St.Jude Invitational.
As a result, the 22-year-old revealed ahead of play at Liberty National on Thursday that since returning his mental wellbeing has been improving.
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Wolff said: “It’s still a grind, I’m doing a lot better. I feel like I’m starting to feel like the results or the performance doesn’t so much affect the person that I am, and I can still be friendly to fans and talk to people and smile and have fun out there and enjoy all the hard work that I’ve put in to be where I am today.”
He added: “Sometimes I definitely take that for granted, and it’s hard when you’re out there working really hard and feel like you’re ready for a tournament and then going out and not performing, it takes a toll on you, especially when you’re not playing well in that moment, and it might happen over and over again.
“I know incrementally the scores might not be better, but I’m feeling better. I’m happier, and I’ll look to keep on being happy.”
The world No. 24 will kick off his FedEx Cup play-off hopes in the opening round of the Northern Trust at 12:42pm BST alongside Matthew Fitzpatrick and Aaron Wise.
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