Professional golfers are still getting used to “playoff speak.” In team sports, there are no excuses during the playoffs, and golfers have not fully grasped this concept.
Bottom line, several players failed to properly prepare for the 28 days of straight playoff golf, and that is exactly what happened to Rory McIlroy.
“I am tired. I’m looking forward to a few days off and not seeing my golf clubs for a little while, and then when I’m ready and I’m excited to get back out again, get ready for the Ryder Cup,” said the four-time major champ.
After birdieing the fourth hole to tie Horschel for the lead at 10-under, McIlroy made a nice par save on five, but then threw the tournament away.
“I guess the double on 6, bogey on 9, 10 and 11, that was a really bad stretch of holes and I just couldn’t ‑‑ I just got really frustrated and just couldn’t muster the energy to try and get something going again. And even when I was hitting good shots, I was hitting bad putts.”
McIlroy clarified that he was mentally tired rather than physically tired. “I’ve been in the gym every day this week and that’s fine, but mentally a little fatigued.”
However, the 25-year-old believes a few days on the sidelines will help him get ready for The Ryder Cup. “I think a week off will do a lot of us a world of good. It really will. As I said, I don’t want to see my golf clubs for a few days and I’ll pick them back up again probably at the weekend before. Having these five days off is going to be big, and I think a lot of guys will do the same thing, and I don’t think ‑‑ I don’t think tiredness or fatigue will play a part in the Ryder Cup.”
Rory finished third in the FedExCup standings.