There were many takeaways from Rory McIlroy's interview with the Sunday Independent, chief of which was the revelation the Northern Irishman and Tiger Woods' Open preparations were hampered after they both contracted COVID19.
Others included how McIlroy, 33, believed he had won the 150th Open Championship even when Cameron Smith tied him for the lead at St. Andrews before going on a back nine tear.
McIlroy also revealed how it felt "pretty s**te" that news got out he was ditching long-time swing coach Michael Bannon before he had a chance to speak with his instructor. They are back together now.
You may remember that DeChambeau went on an almighty bulk two years ago. McIlroy didn't emulate the bulk, but he wanted the speed like DeChambeau. Despite seeing drives go 30 or even 40 yards past his playing partners, McIlroy realised his swing was deteriorating.
DeChambeau has also expressed regret about this, saying his extreme diet was mistake.
Elsewhere McIlroy explained further what happened in the immediate aftermath of his Open heartbreak.
McIlroy did bounce back after missing out on the Claret Jug, taking down the Tour Championship at East Lake which meant he pipped Scottie Scheffler to the FedEx Cup, winning $18m.
He also placed fourth at the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai which ensured he finished top of the rankings for the fourth time in his career on the European-based circuit, cementing his position as the World No.1.
McIlroy also defended his title at the CJ Cup on the PGA Tour in October.
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