Mcilroy meets 'bear'

09:14, March 11, 2010      

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Jack Nicklaus has told Britain's Rory McIlroy that he needs to add patience to his armoury if he is to continue his climb up golf's world rankings.

The 20-year-old from Northern Ireland has risen swiftly to ninth in the world rankings but has just a solitary win from the European Tour.

McIlroy, who has joined the PGA Tour this year, told reporters he had lunch last week with 18-times major winner Nicklaus and received a few tips from the maestro.

"I think one of the biggest things that I took from it was patience, and just to learn to wait and learn to bide your time and know that if you believe in yourself that it will happen; it will happen one of these days so it's just a matter of waiting and staying patient.

"That was one of the big things I got from him," McIlroy said after practice for this week's WGC-CA Championship.

McIlroy is to work with sports psychologist Bob Rotella, who has worked with a number of leading golfers, in an attempt to improve his mental approach to the game and the lunch with Nicklaus allowed him a chance to tap the 'Golden Bear' for suggestions.

"It was an unbelievable experience. He sort of got in touch with us and he heard that I was going to work with Bob Rotella just to sort of work out a mental approach to things.

Source: China Daily
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