Rory wins at Wentworth

Rory McIlroy wins at WentworthI’ve just had a great week working for the Golf Channel, doing live crosses with their breakfast show Morning Drive, keeping them right up to date with events at the BMW PGA Championship and interviews for their news show Golf Central.   The Florida crew were incredibly welcoming.  Some of the highlights included singing ‘It’s Raining Men’ on Morning Drive! This all came about because on Sunday the host of the show Gary Williams asked what I had done the night before, I mentioned it had been my husband’s birthday and we’d had a big dinner with friends that ended in karaoke! He asked what track I had sung so at the end of our golf chat the guys surprised me with ‘It’s Raining Men’ in my earpiece! I proceeded to mime (I’m a terrible singer) and attempt to dance, which did look rather odd to the galleries on the first fairway as they obviously couldn’t hear the music!  I apparently made them laugh Stateside, which is the main thing! Hilarious fun and Gary was such a good sport all week with his bubbly humour and friendly demeanour.   

Di Dougherty with Frank Nobilo
Great banter all week with Frank Nobilo Golf Channel

Our post round interviews were exciting and it was great to be among the action at the back of the eighteenth at Wentworth.  All the talk for the week was about Rory McIlroy considering his recent break up from Caroline Wozniacki.  He commented on how he just wanted to make the cut for the weekend as his track record at Wentworth hadn’t be great of late (he missed the last two cuts at the event).  Rory spoke openly to the press throughout the week and handled himself incredibly well considering everything that was happening for him behind the scenes.  He didn’t shy away from any questions and spent more than adequate time with the media.  Rory’s performance throughout the week was mightily impressive and he was delighted to play on Saturday and Sunday.

Heading in to the final round it was hard to see past Thomas Bjorn and Luke Donald. Thomas had a five stroke lead over Luke (15 under and 10 under respectively). Then sat Rory at 8 under par. Seven strokes back is a big ask and Rory spoke about probably needing to shoot something like a course record 62 on Sunday (which Bjorn acheived on Thursday).  I spoke on Morning Drive early Sunday morning and we discussed the fact it was Thomas’s to win or lose. Remembering his 30 on the back nine on Saturday (which he also achieved on Thursday) and his resilience at bouncing back on a couple of occasions during the week, it was hard not to back him.  Nevertheless we also chatted about how a two or three shot swing can happen so easily around this track. The final day was fantastic and what a dramatic finish.  Thomas will want to forget the 6th hole (triple bogey) and a few missed putts coming down the home stretch.  Donald also kept the pressure on with his electric short game. Having won this event on two previous occasions, he of course drew on those wonderful memories, and was passionate to play well in front of home support.  Plus Shane Lowry really showed us how impressive he is on the big stage by finishing second.  (Great to see him also qualify for the US Open at Pinehurst at the end of June.)  The day was Rory’s though. He played with Pablo Larrazabal and Pablo’s caddy walked in to the scorer’s hut straight after the round and said about Rory  ‘When that boy is on, he is on!’

Di Dougherty with Sergio Garcia
Catching up with Sergio

This could be the start of a fantastic summer for Rory. Big events are coming up, he is playing Memorial next week followed by the US Open then we have the pleasure of watching him in Ireland, Scotland and at Royal Liverpool for the Open Championship. It’s a new chapter in his life and some exciting adventures lie ahead for him in the golfing world.  Watch this space.

Winners’ interview:

Chat with Thomas Bjorn after final round. Tied third:

It was lovely to catch up with old colleagues and friends. Unfortunately Sergio Garcia had to pull out due to injury but I managed to take a quick pic before he left.

Nick Dougherty in the Sky Sports Shot Centre
Nick in the Sky Sports Shot Centre

On another note I’m a fan on Nick Dougherty on the Sky Sports Golf coverage!  He did admit live on air the other day that I made him go for two haircuts on his birthday.. The first one was not good.. So I ‘suggested’ he go back to a different hairdresser. Bless him he did. (I went too! I know I know).  Still I love the result. Apparently it happens a lot (said the hairdresser..). Thank you for your patience Nick D. From Di D x