Rory McIlroy called Last week’s US PGA Championship “the one who got away,” but insists he remains positive despite fleeing Southern Hills and refusing to speak to the media for two straight days.
McIlroy was called ‘immature’ by influential US magazine Golf Digest for refusing to discuss his eighth-place finish in Tulsa, but three days later the 33-year-old was finally forced to talk about his performance, although on a conference call. promote an app that sponsors it.
“I really feel like it’s one that got away,” he said. “I regret the big numbers I made on par three on Saturday. The thing is, I just needed to play the last 13 holes at one under par to make a play-off on Sunday, and I didn’t. But, again, I have to take the positives – and the fact that eighth in a major is absolutely the worst I could have finished last week.
McIlroy finished second at last month’s Masters and pointed out that with two top 10 finishes in the 2022 majors so far, he is closer than ever to ending his barren eight-year run to the most recent of his four majors.
“It’s a completely different story than where I was for the last two years,” McIlroy said. “The first two majors last year, I missed the cut in Augusta and finished like 50th in the PGA. I just have to stay as patient as possible. I know if I keep playing golf that I play, chances will come and I’m going to give myself a few more chances this year, not just to win major tournaments but to win golf tournaments in general.
As McIlroy struggled after his 65 opener, Brandel Chamblee, the former PGA Tour winner turned Golf Channel critic, spoke for many wondering, “What makes Rory the better player than you? saw in a mediocre player?”.
And on social media, the accusation that he can no longer inevitably put together a good four rounds in the events that really matter has come in droves and quickly, with varying levels of vitriol. Amid this latest assault on McIlroy’s ability to reach Major No. 5, fellow countryman Shane Lowry rounded off the doubters.
“Chair golfers don’t realize how tough it is here – it’s not as easy as shooting 65 in the first round,” the 2019 Open champion said.
“I saw a quote from him from last week that he hasn’t won a major since 2014, but he’s pretty much done everything you have to do in the world of golf. That’s not So it’s not like he’s in a crisis. It’s almost like you’re a victim of your own success.
“People expected him to win 10 majors when he won four and it just didn’t work out that way. But he’s only 33 now and he still has a long way to go in his career.”
McIlroy is taking the day off this week, ahead of a series of four consecutive events at the US Open next month. He will then skip his home tournament, the Irish Open and the Scottish Open as he prepares for the 150th Open Championship at Andrews.
He will no doubt be working with sports psychologist Dr. Bob Rotella during this time.
“He sent me a nice text Sunday night,” McIlroy said, during the publicity session for the new GolfNow Compete app.
“There’s a lot to be positive about where my golf game is now compared to where it was last year, it’s miles ahead of it. I feel like the consistency is back in my golf game that really wasn’t there.
“I feel like this year is very similar to 2019, when I had one of my best years and won four times, and was PGA Tour Player of the Year. .”