EM – Resilient Rory McIlroy has no regrets after a year of “exploration”

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Rory McIlroy says a “massive sense of guilt” led him to make sure his trips to tournaments around the world are carbon neutral. Photo: Richard Sellers / PA Wire

Brian Keogh

Life is a roller coaster ride for Rory McIlroy, but he still manages to turn lows into highs, even when it comes to a carbon footprint that Greta Thunberg would make apoplectic.

The former world number one announced ahead of the DP World Tour Championship that it was “a massive sense of guilt” that led him to impose a tax on himself for using a private jet.

“Two years ago, after I won the WGC in China, I flew home privately and only I was on the plane,” said McIlroy in Dubai.

“And suddenly I was overcome by this massive feeling of guilt. I looked around and said to myself, ‘This can’t be a good thing’. I wouldn’t profess myself an eco-warrior, but I don’t want to harm the environment. So I got in touch with the GEO Foundation, the only golf sustainability foundation I know, and they came up with a few options.

“In addition to what I pay for private flights, I’m paying a lot more now to be carbon neutral by the end of the year.”

McIlroy is not a stranger who radically changes his mind and one takes a firm stand, and is not in favor of embarking on the breakaway Saudi-backed world tour he calls “Money Grab.” Greg Norman’s appointment as CEO of the Saudi company that bought the Asian Tour was asked.

As for his roller coaster season – two wins, two coaches, four missed cuts, a disappointing Ryder Cup and now a seven year old major itch – he has no regrets.

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“It was good,” said the number 8 in the world. “I feel like it’s been a year of exploration and learning. There were some good parts. Obviously, the couple’s victories in the States were beautiful. In a major championship, at the US Open, I was tied with the lead nine holes before the end. ”

Like Shane Lowry in 18th place, McIlroy in 20th place cannot win the Race to Dubai because it is one Six-man fight between Collin Morikawa, Billy Horschel, Tyrrell Hatton, Min Woo Lee, Matt Fitzpatrick and Paul Casey.

“There were some good things in there,” said McIlroy, who turned 15 European Tour this week Wins in 236 starts less than Pádraig Harrington.

“I’ve worked hard. I’ve learned a lot. And I feel like I went through that kind of barrier, fight if you will, and then I got through the other side.

In his decision to return to coach Michael Bannon after he himself contacted Pete Cowen in March, he announced that he would like to be self-employed.

“I’m not saying I’ll never need help again, and I found out, but I talked about it in Vegas, just about it to be myself and not try to do something other people do or what I can’t, “he said.

” If anything, Michael is more of a sounding board at this point. I tell him I’m trying to do that; Tell me if I’m completely wrong. “

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