Barely still No. 1, McIlroy looks for the magic he conjured last year

Dubai – Since Rory McIlroy arrived within the United Arab Emirates over the weekend, he has seen his No. 1 world rating preserved by advantage of one other man’s missed putt in California, been drawn right into a driving-range drama over whether or not he ignored a defector to LIV Golf and had a tee thrown his approach in retaliation, and talked about how he was served a subpoena on Christmas Eve.
However on Thursday, after one of many more unusual event preludes in current reminiscence, McIlroy is anticipated to play a aggressive spherical for the primary time in 2023 and provides his sport a glimpse at whether or not he has the shape that final 12 months rekindled a number of the fever that adopted him earlier in his profession.

“I’ve been clearly practising at dwelling and practising effectively, but it surely’s all the time first event of the 12 months, getting again on to the golf course, simply making an attempt to get snug once more with pictures on the course and visuals and all that kind of stuff,” McIlroy mentioned Wednesday in Dubai, the place he had a debacle final January however a good-enough exhibiting in November to win the season factors crown for the DP World Tour, because the European Tour is at present marketed.

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