Aug 11, 2013; Rochester, NY, USA; Rory McIlroy tees off on the 2nd hole during the final round of the 95th PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Rory McIlroy will use a lackluster 2013 as a learning experience in 2014

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As Rory McIlroy preps for the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, he spoke to the AP about his lackluster 2013 saying, “It’s great that I’ve went through it at this stage in my career and not 15 years down the line.”

McIlroy seems to have his golf game in perspective.  A golfer cannot dwell on a bad shot or a bad year, especially when it is the first “bad” year of their life.

Every tournament is a new opportunity to win.  McIlroy has started the process of leaving one season behind and truly believing that nothing in his career, good or bad, matters at this moment.  The only thing that matters is preparation, and the proper execution of each shot.

In his first tournament of 2014, McIlroy has an opportunity to further silence his critics with a win.  McIlroy’s win at the Emirates Australian Open silenced me, but more importantly, winning is a confidence booster that leads to more winning.

We all want to see McIlroy contending on a regular basis.  Not necessarily because he is our favorite golfer, but because it will lead to more exciting duels down the stretch.  The best golfers in the world trading shots on the back nine is great TV, so let’s hope Rory’s mental game is back.

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