'I’d Love To Get Back To Being A Golfer' - McIlroy After Missed Players Cut

McIlroy admitted that there was some fatigue to his game, with the Northern Irishman turning his focus to Augusta National and the Masters

McIlroy looks on with his bag beside him
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Rory McIlroy visibly struggled over the first two days of The Players Championship, with the former champion carding a 76 and 73 as he finished three shots back of the cut line at TPC Sawgrass.

It had been a disappointing few days for McIlroy, who perhaps was struggling with fatigue given the competitive golf, as well as frequently standing up for the interests of the PGA Tour in the media. Now, speaking after his second round, McIlroy has admitted that he would "love to get back to being a golfer."

Jay Monahan and Rory Mcilroy chat whilst Rory holds the FedEx Cup

McIlroy with PGA Tour Commissioner, Jay Monahan, after the 2022 FedEx Cup

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Asked about whether fatigue has played a part, the Northern Irishman admitted that "it is fair,” adding “I’d love to get back to being a golfer. It’s been a busy couple of weeks. It’s been a busy sort of six or eight months. But everything has sort of been announced now and the wheels have been put in motion. So it should quieten down from here.”

Describing his golf at The Players as "very blah," his attention now turns to the Masters in April, with the 33-year-old looking to claim the Green Jacket to complete the career Grand Slam. Despite missing the cut at TPC Sawgrass, McIlroy is in very good form, securing the Dubai Desert Classic and multiple top 10 finishes since January of this year.

“The golf out here, that’s fine, but it’s just more the time at home to make sure you’re getting prepared, to make sure that you’re doing everything you can to be ready once you show up to these weeks," stated McIlroy. "That’s where I’ve maybe sacrificed a little bit of time with some of this other stuff. As I said, I’m ready to get back to being purely a golfer."

Revealing that he is heading to Augusta National on Monday and Tuesday for practice rounds before the Masters starts on the 6th - 9th April, it's unclear as to whether McIlroy will play again ahead of the first Major, but his focus is "making sure my game is in shape for Augusta".

"(It's) Making sure that I've got all the shots. Making sure that I familiarize myself with the golf course again and go up there for a couple of days. But yeah, from now all the way until the start of April, it's really just all about getting ready for Augusta."

Matt Cradock
Staff Writer

Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.


Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.


Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°

Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°

Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x