As The Open Championship nears its commencement this week, a player who must be feeling the weight of expectation is Jordan Spieth, winner of the past two majors in a row.
His surprise victory at the Masters put him in the spotlight and after winning the US Open last month he is now the bookies favourite to win in Carnoustie.
Unfortunate slip-up for McIlroy
Of course, this may not have been the case if Rory McIlroy had refrained from playing football with his mates last week and thus avoided rupturing ligaments in his ankle.
SUBMIT AN ARTICLE
Apply to become a GMS writer by signing up and submitting a 250 word test article: https://gms.to/haveyoursay5
Most likely the fans in Scotland would have been treated with a tremendous battle of two young golfers at the peak of their powers.
However, the tournament must go on and hopefully the Northern Irishman will be back to his best for the rest of the year to challenge the American.
The Texan was reportedly displeased that McIlroy had pulled out of the event due to the competition he was relishing from his closest adversary.
While this may be treated cynically by those reckoning Spieth now has a better chance of winning, it is worth noting that great golf is often provoked by having someone pushing you to improve.
Lack of experience
Now that the 21-year-old is the favourite to produce the lowest score at St Andrews, he will undoubtedly be feeling the pressure to perform.
For a man who has only broke onto the scene in the past year this could prove to be a heavy burden.
There are likely to be many other challengers than McIlroy for The Open crown this week, but you can guarantee that Spieth was rueing the injury that will keep out his main rival.
Without the Northern Irishman, he will be truly scrutinised if he misses out on victory.
Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: https://www.givemesport.com/writeforgms