Brooklyn, Massachusetts – For the third time this season, Rory McIlroy finished in the top ten in a major. But for the third time this season, McIlroy left a major championship empty-handed.
The dramatic finish at the Augusta National was good enough for a solo second place finish. A missed opportunity at Southern Hills ended with a T-8. And this week, this week was the result of inconsistency.
He got off to a great start on Sunday, getting 26 feet for the jumper at the start to get 2 under the championship and two in the back. But the rollercoaster then started with two holes.
A ghost-bird-ghost-bird stretch of numbers 3-7 brought McIlroy back to first place in the championship. He was quickly running out of holes.
A flaring wedge at 11 led to another shot, and it’s officially late too early for the four-time main champ.
He made consecutive birdies at 14 and 15 before playing the remaining three holes on an equal footing.
“Yes, the game is there. I think (that) doesn’t really mean anything,” McIlroy said after the race in the T-5. Yes, the game is there. The game is there.”
Despite the disappointing result, being in the mix is better than coming home early.
“I will view this as another missed opportunity just as was the case with Southern Hills, but missed opportunities are better than no competition at all. So that’s a positive. I have to be patient at this point because if I continue to put myself in my position, that will be who I am. My day sooner or later I’ll have a day.”
McIlroy’s next is Hartford, Connecticut, for the Travelers Championship. His last trip to TPC River Highlands ended in a tie for 11th.
Then it’s time to rest.
“I am starting again next week in Hartford before I go to the Open. I am going to have a good two weeks off before the Open and play some links golf and get ready and looking forward to it. Again, my game is in great shape. I have another chance this year to try to get this Specialization “.
The last time the Open Championship went to St Andrews, McIlroy wasn’t on the field.
On Sunday, he walked around just long enough to congratulate Matt Fitzpatrick, and their embrace off the 18th green was as good as it gets.
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If all goes as planned, McIlroy will be the one to receive love in St. Andrews in a month.