«It's good to be back»
Rory McIlroy doesn't hide his happiness. He is back in Crans-Montana, eight years later.
However, it was difficult for the North Irishman to get back to earth. He just had one of the best weeks of his career, winning the Tour Championship in Atlanta and at the same time the play-offs of the FedEx Cup (American Tour Final).
Rory McIlroy came straight from Atlanta on Monday. A shock in terms of atmosphere and environment. "When I think of everything that happened in just 24 hours... Sunday at 4 pm, I won the tournament in Atlanta, and on Monday, I landed in Valais. It's not easy to move on. But being in Crans-Montana, in such a unique place, will help me to get back to reality."
The world's No. 2 came to the Haut-Plateau with his family. His wife and in-laws accompanied him. "There are many things to do and see here. My accommodation is close to the Golf Club. I'm glad to be here. My family members took the opportunity to go to the Plaine-Morte glacier and Zermatt. It was their first time visiting the region. I would have gone with them, but I have a tournament to play," jokes the North Irishman.
Rory McIlroy has fond memories of his three appearances at Crans-Montana. He finished 11th in 2009 and 3rd in 2011. But it was undoubtedly the 2008 edition that had the most significant impact on him. "Yes, I had a great opportunity to win. I was in the lead before the last day. Then I suddenly lost in the play-off. Still, it remains a good memory. From the beginning, I loved the people and the atmosphere of this event. Let's hope I have even better memories on Sunday."
But after such American emotions, does he think he can be competitive on the Haut-Plateau? "I hope so. I was particularly tired on Tuesday. The conditions to prepare for the competition weren't the best, but it happens. After two good nights of sleep, I'm going to be in good shape for Thursday. If I play the same golf as in Atlanta, I have a chance."