Four-time main winner Rory McIlroy struggled to the end of the PGA Championship on Sunday, saying his total recreation wants work after failing to crack par as soon as at Kiawah Island.
The 32-year-old Northern Ireland star received the 2012 PGA at Kiawah and snapped an 18-month win drought two weeks in the past at Quail Hollow, however by no means discovered his kind on the Ocean Course this time, firing a par 72 Sunday to end on five-over 293.
“Still have a ways to go with everything,” McIlroy mentioned. “It was a good test this week to see where I was and I still have a ways to go.”
McIlroy mentioned he knew his win 9 years in the past would imply little this week regardless of excessive expectations on him after his current US PGA Tour triumph.
“I felt like coming in here there was still parts of my game that I needed to sharpen up,” he mentioned. “Those parts were exposed this week in the wind and on a tough course.”
The world quantity seven, who will subsequent play in two weeks on the Memorial as a US Open tuneup, mentioned he was pissed off on the windy coastal structure by his driving, placing and a poor consequence on essential par-5 holes.
“The par-5s were a killer,” McIlroy mentioned. “I made six bogeys on the par-5s in the first two days. Especially on a par-72, those are the holes that you have to birdie.
“Even strolling off there with pars is a disappointment, so to stroll off there with bogeys is clearly even worse.
“I really put myself behind the 8-ball with that.”
McIlroy mentioned his points are a “trust and freedom thing” and contain religion in his decisions,
“I actually felt like I putted OK the first couple days and then just over the weekend I started to miss a few,” he mentioned. “I started to over-read them a little bit and was sort of questioning my reads, a little bit of indecisiveness crept in.”
Asked if his driving woes have been about swing or gear, McIlroy mentioned, “A little bit of both.”
“I just need to figure out a driver as well,” he mentioned. “I just haven’t driven the ball as well as I know I can for a long time, and that’s really the foundation of my game. Once I’m driving it well, everything becomes so much easier.
“Probably have not pushed the ball like myself since 2019, so I want to determine it out.”
He couldn’t sort out the problems even in easier scoring conditions Sunday at the windy coastal layout.
“More of the identical, very common, kind of cannot actually get something going,” McIlroy said. “The first few holes have been taking part in loads simpler than they’ve completed… simply kind of caught in impartial.”