“For Rory McIlroy, summer is a metaphor for hard work. Based on his early memories, it could be said that the season helped shape the athlete’s future.
“The world’s number one golfer took advantage of the long summer days in Northern Ireland, grinding out time on his home course, Holywood Golf Club, with his father Gerry by his side to teach him the game, including its rules and history.
“‘Growing up in Northern Ireland, the summer was when I could get the most out of my practice,’ McIlroy said. ‘Luckily, in the summer, there are 14-16 hours of daylight.’
“The young player started winning tournaments before he turned ten, and while other kids were just learning to swing a club McIlroy was at another level, focused on bringing down his handicap. His summer memories are detailed and deep, even recalling olfactory elements.
“For McIlroy, summer golf also meant unforgettable time spent with friends who share his passion for the game.
“‘Every summer, I set myself some goals to achieve,’ McIlroy said. ‘Whether it was to get my handicap down to a certain number or to win a certain number of tournaments in those months, I was always sad when summer ended because I knew it was back to school and a long winter ahead, looking forward to the next year.”
“Summer is the time for playing from sunup to sundown, because — as McIlroy learned a long time ago — the season is anything but endless.”
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