Rory McIlroy: "Maybe I'm Just Not As Good As I Used To Be"

The four-time Major winner finished in T33rd at TPC Harding Park, 11 behind Morikawa

Rory McIlroy: "Maybe I'm Just Not As Good As I Used To Be"
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The four-time Major winner finished in T33rd at TPC Harding Park, 11 behind Morikawa

Rory McIlroy: "Maybe I'm Just Not As Good As I Used To Be"

A downbeat Rory McIlroy said he maybe isn't as good as he used to be after being asked why he has struggled to stay in contention in Majors over recent years.

The four-time Major winner has not won one in six years now and finished down in T33rd at TPC Harding Park.

"No, I don't know. Maybe I'm just not as good as I used to be. I don't know," McIlroy said after being asked why he struggles to stay around after 54 and 63 holes in golf's big four events these days.

"I really don't know. I feel like the golf that I've played in the Majors has been sort of similar to the golf I've played outside of them, and I've won some big events and played well and had a good season last season.

"Yeah, I can't really put my finger on it. I go out there and try my best every single day.

"Some days I play better than others, and just got to keep going and keep persisting and see if you can do better the next time."

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Rory finished the week in San Francisco at two under par, 11 back of winner Collin Morikawa.

In terms of statistics, Rory averaged -1.344 in SG: Putting for the week and hit just 44.64% of fairways for the week.

Contrast that to Morikawa, who gained 2.019 strokes on the greens per round and hit 69.64% of fairways.

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McIlroy posted rounds of 70, 69, 71 and 68 for the week, where he made a huge number of birdies but also a large number of bogeys too.

Still, he has two more chances of Major glory over the coming months with the US Open in September and The Masters, where he could complete the career grand slam, in November.

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Elliott Heath
Senior Staff Writer

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-5. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

Elliott is currently playing:

Driver: Titleist TSR4

3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max

Hybrid: TaylorMade SIM Max

Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: TaylorMade TP5x