Rory cites mental fatigue in final round of the DBC
By Bernie D'Amato under FedExCup


Rory McIlroy did not get the job done at TPC Boston, but he held on to the second spot in the FedExCup standings with a T5 finish. McIlroy said mental fatigue played a part in his final round 70, and he is looking to take tomorrow off in preparation for the third leg of the FedExCup playoffs.

The 25-year-old from Holywood, Northern Ireland said, “I think today was just a combination of trying too hard and then I feel like whenever I have played a lot of golf, my attitude can get sort of — I was very sort of reactive about bad shots and bad breaks today, which I haven’t been the last two weeks. So I think that’s a little bit of mental fatigue kicking in there.”

Rory has been so sharp that it’s hard to believe fatigue is a factor. However, the playoff schedule is a grueling challenge that expands four events instead of the usual four rounds of a tournament.

To combat the non-stop nature of the FedExCup, Rory will make some adjustments. “I might take tomorrow off even though I haven’t played the course, Cherry Hills. I think it’s important for me to conserve as much energy as possible going into the final two events. So I’ll probably take tomorrow off, and then just play the pro am as my practice round.”

With Rory re-charging the batteries, it should be an exciting couple weeks ahead for the FedExCup.

–Bernie D’Amato