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McIlroy offers blunt assessment after 33rd place finish at US PGA

‘Maybe I’m just not as good as I used to be’: Rory McIlroy offers a blunt assessment of his game after 33rd place finish at the US PGA Championship compounds his six-year wait for another major title

  • Rory McIlroy offered a blunt assessment after his 33rd place finish at US PGA
  • The North Irishman finished 11 shots behind shock winner Collin Marakawa
  • He said he may not be as good as he used to be as 6-year wait for title continues 

World number three Rory McIlroy has said that his best days could be behind him after he finished 33rd at the US PGA Championship.

The 31-year-old, whose last major title win came back in 2014, finished 11 shots behind the winner Collin Marakawa. 

The Northern Irishman never had a look in at San Francisco’s TPC Harding Park as he he finished just two under par. 

Rory McIlroy offered a blunt assessment after he finished 33rd at US PGA Championships

The North Irishman suggested that his best years could be behind him after poor event

After yet another disappointing result in his six-year wait for another major title, he offered a rather blunt assessment on his ability. McIlroy last won a major back in 2014 at the US PGA Championship in Louisville, Kentucky. He edged Phil Mickelson by one shot to win his fourth major.  

‘Maybe I’m just not as good as I used to be,’ said McIlroy.

‘I can’t really put my finger on it. I go out there and try my best every single day.’

The 23-year-old American Morikawa beat an impressive leaderboard to take a two-shot victory over fellow countryman Dustin Johnson and England’s Paul Casey. 

Despite an underwhelming climax to the Championship, McIlroy insisted that he will continue to re-find his former self and find more consistency in his game.

‘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,’ added McIlroy.

It has been six years since McIlroy last won a major as he won his fourth at the US PGA event

‘Some days I play better than others. I’ve just got to keep going and keep persisting and see if I can do better the next time.’

The Northern Irish golfer also did not stay quiet after Brooks Koepka took a sly dig at Dustin Johnson during the event.

McIlroy took exception to Koepka applying a few mind games towards his supposed friend Johnson in his bid to become only the second player to win this major three years in a row.

Johnson went to the first tee with the 2016 US Open as the sole major to his name and Koepka was only too eager to highlight the difficulties the former has had in closing the deal.

Rory McIlroy says was ‘taken aback’ by Brooks Koepka talking in such a manner about rivals

Brooks Koepka spoke openly when asked about the chances of the rivals players around him

‘I like my chances and particularly when you look at how others have done when in contention to win majors,’ he said, before sticking the knife in. ‘I mean, DJ’s only won one.’

That didn’t sit well with McIlroy, after he had ended his week’s work with a 68 to finish just outside the top 30. ‘I was sort of taken aback when I heard it,’ said McIlroy. ‘I try to respect the fact that everyone out here is a great player and I think if you’ve won a major championship you’re a hell of a player.

‘It’s very hard to knock someone who’s won 21 times out here like DJ, which is three times as many victories as Brooks.’  




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