Rory McIlroy breaks the media silence, calling the PGA Championship a “one-off”

Rory McIlroy breaks the media silence, calling the PGA Championship a “one-off”

Rory McIlroy breaks the media silence, calling the PGA Championship a “one-off”
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Rory McIlroy did not finish as high as he had wanted in the 2022 PGA Championship. The two-time champion of the event made par 11 times and suffered two bogeys in his final round, resulting in an eighth-place finish after a blazing start.

He declined to talk to the media after the round, which The Fire Pit Collective described as “immature for a player of his calibre.” McIlroy broke his quiet in a conference call advertising the GolfNow Compete App on Thursday, four days after the tournament ended.

According to the Irish Independent, he commented on the phone that the PGA Championship was “certainly one that slipped away” and that he thought he “didn’t take advantage of the favourable conditions on Friday afternoon.”

“I regret the big numbers I made on the par 3s on Saturday. The fact that I just needed to play the last 13 holes in one-under par to make a play-off on Sunday, and I didn’t,” McIlroy said. “So, yeah, I definitely feel like it was one that got away. But again, I have to take the positives — and the fact that eighth place in a major is absolutely the worst I feel I could’ve finished last week.”

As McIlroy noted, some of his biggest issues came on the par 3 holes. He shot even par on all of them in the second round, but on Saturday, he had a double bogey on the sixth hole, a bogey on the eighth, and a triple bogey on the 11th. Only on the 14th hole did he finish with a birdie.

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McIlroy began the final round with promise, sinking birdies on four of the first five holes, but had two bogeys and 11 pars without any birdies as he finished in eight place.

All told, most of the stats behind McIlroy’s four rounds were promising. He led the field with an average of 347.6 yards per drive, ranked fifth in greens in regulation (68.1) and was tied for 10th in putts per hole on greens in regulation at 1.714. His 16 birdies were tied for the fifth-most in the field and his nine bogeys were tied for the fourth-fewest.

McIlroy still has not won a major golf tournament since the PGA Championship in 2014 and has not won a PGA Tour event since the WGC-HSBC Champions in 2019. But McIlroy said his takeaway from finishing eighth in the PGA Championship and second in the 2022 Masters is that he’s closer to finding his groove and returning to where he was in 2019.

“There’s a lot to like about where my golf game is currently compared to last year; it’s light years ahead of where it was.” “I feel like a consistency has returned to my golf game that hasn’t been there in a long time,” McIlroy said. “It seems a lot like last year, when I had one of my finest years ever, winning four tournaments and being named PGA Tour Player of the Year.”

 

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