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Rory McIlroy’s victory at Quail Hollow can be attributed to one thing: His hair

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Call me crazy, but I agree with Sports Illustrated’s senior editor, Jim Gorant, and his hilarious reasoning behind Rory McIlroy’s recent resurgence on the golf scene.

As Gorant noted in this week’s edition of SI’s PGA Tour Confidential, McIlroy can attribute his success to his long locks. “The hair. Definitely the hair,” Gorant said. “Lost his mojo after he cut, but it’s back, and so is he.”

Could Rory’s early season issues be attributed to his decision to cut his hair before the start of the season? It’s sounds silly at first, but maybe Gorant has a point. Let’s go to the photos to see if his comments hold any water.


McIlroy wins the 2009 Dubai Desert classic, makes the quarter-finals at the WGC Match Play and finishes 20th at the Masters in his first-ever visit. He also finishes the year in the Top 10 in the World Golf Rankings and just misses out on the European Tour’s Race for Dubai title, finishing second in the process.

That’s the kind of year any tour pro would dream of.


Fails to defend his Dubai Desert Classic title; goes out in the second round of the WGC Match Play; finishes T65, T40 and misses the cut at the WGC-CA Championship and Honda Classic and Shell Houston Open, respectively; misses the cut at the Masters; and starts to complain of back problems at the age of 20 (never a good thing).

Then look what happens after the hair grows back out. He finally has the fuzzy mop of hair (the same look he had going on at Dubai in 2009) and he wins again. Coincidence? I think not!


Written by Jonathan Wall

05/03/2010 at 4:42 pm

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