"It was a character-building day, put it that way, I'll come out stronger for it."
--Rory McIlroy, 21-year old professional golfer, who was leading the 2011 Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on the last day only to falter out of contention on the last nine holes.
McIlroy began Sunday's final round with a 4-stroke lead. By the end of the tournament he was 10 strokes behind the eventual winner, South African Charl Schwartzel. McIlroy shot a final round 8-over-par 80 to fall into a tie for 15th place.
However, based on this interview, I predict that Rory McIlroy will bounce back from this failure quickly and have the focus, perseverance and tenacity to fight his way back in the world of professional golf.
It appears he will put it behind him and learn from his mistakes. More importantly, he is not reading too much into his play on the back nine.
Though he is young and inexperienced, he put a positive, philosophical spin on the loss.
"For 63 holes of this golf tournament I was leading," said McIlroy.
Excerpts from ESPN.com (April 10 & 11, 2011).