"I Make Too Many Mistakes" - McIlroy Major Drought Continues

The Northern Irishman made 17 birdies at this year's Open but too many bogeys ultimately cost him a chance of contending

McIlroy Major Drought

The Northern Irishman made 17 birdies at this year's Open but too many bogeys ultimately cost him a chance of contending

"I Make Too Many Mistakes" - McIlroy Major Drought Continues

Rory McIlroy rued too many bogeys as he finished well down the field at the 149th Open Championship.

The former World No.1 has now completed seven consecutive years without a Major victory after his double-Major year of 2014 that included the Open at Royal Liverpool and PGA Championship at Valhalla.

McIlroy ended the week at Royal St George's at level par after rounds of 70, 70, 69 and 71.

He made 17 birdies over the four rounds but costly bogeys meant he was unable to content for his second Claret Jug.

"For me at the minute it's just the process of trying to work my way back to the sort of form and the sort of the level that I know I can play at," he said.

"Obviously I haven't played at that for -- not going to say all the majors. Felt like I was close at Torrey Pines. But it's been one of those sort of I'm the best -- if you want someone to shoot even par for you for a week I'm your man.

"There is a lot of birdies in there but a lot of bogeys, too.

"I think it's just more the bogey avoidance and the mental errors, because I've made 17 birdies this week, which is more than enough to challenge to win this golf tournament.

"It's just I make too many mistakes, and that's the part that I need to try to get right.

"Whether that's trying to be a little too aggressive from bad spots or putting myself in bad spots to begin with, but it's just a matter of just trying to iron out the mistakes.

"There is enough good stuff in there to contend at these golf tournaments, but I'm just not allowing myself to do that with some the mistakes I'm making."

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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