British golfer Ian Poulter thinks the media should layoff Rory McIlroy as the former world number one seeks to successfully defend his US PGA Championship title.
24-year-old McIlroy has endured a massively difficult year since his victory in the 2012 tournament at Kiawah Island in South Carolina, a disappointing run of form culminating in a dire showing at the US Open in which he didn't even make the cut.
The last 12 months have also seen McIlroy constantly hitting the headlines for reasons not strictly related to his on-course activity, including a well-publicised legal disagreement with his management company and a romantic relationship with Danish tennis sensation Caroline Wozniacki.
And with McIlroy appearing to have suffered from a damaging lack of self-belief in recent times, Poulter is eager to see the considerable media pressure lifted in order to allow him to get back to winning ways.
"Yeah, give him a break," Ryder Cup hero Poulter was quoted in the Boston Globe. "I guess in the outside world, there's been a lot of talk obviously of Rory, world number one, two majors at a very early age. Everybody expects Rory to continue to win big tournaments, and he will."
The 95th US PGA Championship got underway yesterday at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, New York.
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