Rory McIlroy: ‘I’m ready to be a purebred golfer again’

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Rory McIlroy – Rory McIlroy wants to ‘go back purely as a golfer’ after missing the cut – Getty Images/David Cannon

Rory McIlroy “purely yearns to get back to being a golfer again”, with Paul McGinley claiming his fellow Irishman’s missing the cut at the Players Championship here was due to “all the bullets” he had on the Tour was forced to take from ,

Friday’s windstorm meant that McIlroy had to return on Saturday morning to complete his second round, and despite playing his remaining eight holes at one-under, he still finished three shots short of making the final two rounds, finishing with a 73. He finished 98th with a score of . on five overs.

The performance was clearly not what he was expecting Finished second at the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Sunday and his disappointment was greater in not being able to challenge for this $4.5 million first prize.

It was his final strokeplay before the Masters in four weeks’ time, where he would make his ninth attempt to complete a career Grand Slam. He has a lot of range work to do, especially on his driving which is unnaturally sloppy since the wear and tear. to retire your former driver,

But first he must rest. McIlroy is serving as the unofficial spokesman for the radical overhaul of the Tour launched in response to the threat of LIV golf.

As a member of the policy board, she attended a seven-hour meeting last Tuesday and more than anyone — it must be said, including Commissioner Jay Monahan — she faced the press to justify the controversial changes. next season will see eight “designated events” with limited 70-78 fields, no deductions and a minimum $20 million purse.

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McGinley doesn’t think it has been fair on the world No. 3. “This is not Rory’s tour, this is not Tiger’s tour, this is not Jay Monahan’s tour,” McGinley said on the Golf Channel.

“This tour is owned by the players, and if it’s going to work and these new ‘specified programmes’ are going to work, everybody has to back down. They can’t just have one spokesperson and he has to get everyone Let the bullets take it, everybody has to be there to keep this ship going and moving forward.

‘I’ve probably sacrificed time with some of these other things.’

“One of the attributes of his golf over the past 14 months has been his ability to focus. We’ve admired it from afar, everything is going on and he’s front and centre. What he’s achieved is quite incredible I think Rory is tired and the battery is dead. We noticed some clumsiness in him and it is a sign that you are not concentrating.

McIlroy acknowledged his fatigue and agreed that McGinley’s comments were “fair”. “I would love to be a golfer again,” he said. “Look, it’s been a busy couple of weeks and honestly, it’s been a busy six or eight months. But now everything has been announced, and the wheels have been put in motion, so it’s going to be quiet from here.” Needed

“It’s just time management. Golf out here, that’s fine, but it’s more time at home to make sure you’re getting ready, to make sure you’re doing everything you need to be ready.” When you show up these weeks. That’s where I gave up maybe a little bit of time along with a few other things. Like I said, I’m fully prepared to be a golfer.”

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McIlroy will visit Augusta next week for a reconnaissance trip and then compete in the WGC Match Play at Austen. ,[It’s] Just making sure my game is in shape and making sure I have all my shots for Augusta.” “So I’ll go out there for a few days and reacquaint myself with the course. Look, I wish I didn’t have to bet on the driver and I wish I could just use the old driver, but yeah, It is what it is.

“And that’s not as big of a concern at Augusta as it was here. There’s a little more space off the tee, and in fairness I’m probably trying to push the driver up the fairway a little too much, rather than just hitting a few clubs down the three Hit the one-wood or five-wood or two-iron or whatever.

“But still, you don’t want a big mistake in the bag. You look at the drive I hit on the 18th [that led to a closing bogey five], and it’s too wide of a miss. These are the things I need to work on.”

McIlroy played alongside Scotty Scheffler and Jon Rahm and the three top-ranked players had contrasting experiences. Rahm retired before the second round due to a stomach bug. McIlroy missed his first cut in seven months. Scheffler went into the third round in second place at seven-under, two behind Canada’s Adam Svensson.

The defending Masters champion, Scheffler knows that if he finishes in the top five, he will regain the world No. 1 ranking.