RORY'S REDEMP­TION?

Golf Digest Middle East - - The Golf Life Real Estate -

Rory McIl­roy has won the DP World Tour Cham­pi­onship twice and the Harry Var­don Tro­phy as Euro­pean No.1 three times since the in­cep­tion of the JGE de­cider, the last of them when he did the sec­ond of his two dou­bles on Earth in 2015.

But the four-time ma­jor cham­pion has seemed strangely out of sorts in the past 24 months af­ter a rib in­jury ru­ined his 2017 sea­son and saw him by­pass JGE last Novem­ber.

The 29-year-old Holy­wood star did win the Arnold Palmer In­vi­ta­tional in March, his first vic­tory since cap­tur­ing the PGA Tour Cham­pi­onship and FedEx Cup in 2016. Has not won on the Euro­pean Tour since the Ir­ish Open ear­lier in 2016 and will still be smart­ing af­ter cough­ing up a two-shot lead with five to play at Jan­uary’s Desert Clas­sic to open the door for Li Hao­tong. Desert redemp­tion would be aw­fully sweet for the North­ern Ir­ish­man and would no doubt stoke an­other pre­ma­ture U.S. Mas­ters pre­view given the green jacket re­mains the only ma­jor prize miss­ing from a ca­reer grand slam.

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