Rory McIlroy says missing the cut at the Open Championship at Royal Portrush was a “turning point in a lot of different things”.
In BBC NI’s new documentary The Open at Royal Portrush, four-time major winner McIlroy says he regards the tournament as his best experience of 2019.
The home favourite was eight-over-par after a torrid opening round in July.
To the delight of the crowd he rallied on the second day but fell short of the cut despite a six-under 65.
The documentary, which will air on BBC One Northern Ireland at 20:30 GMT on Monday 30 December, sees winner Shane Lowry reflect on his remarkable triumph at Portrush with insight from Ireland’s other major champions McIlroy, Padraig Harrington, Graeme McDowell and Darren Clarke.
‘I wouldn’t go for a quiet drink in Portrush tonight’
Backed by a vocal home support, McIlroy was many people’s favourite to lift the Claret Jug as The Open was held in Northern Ireland for just the second time in its 148-year history.