Rory McIlroy, formerly the number one golfer in the world, continues to be plagued by inconsistency in 2013. Whenever he looks as if he may finally get his round going in the right direction, he makes some inexcusable mistakes that extinguish any momentum he was beginning to build. Simply put, he hasn’t put together any quality rounds of golf this year.
“I started off well — got it to 2 under — then I threw in those silly mistakes I was talking about trying to eliminate,” McIlroy said. “Made two bogeys on the par 5s and made a bogey with a wedge in my hands.” Those are the kinds of things that absolutely kill a round. They’re also the things that have happened to McIlroy more frequently than I’m sure he would like so far in 2013.
It’s easy to look at his first round score of even par at the Valero Texas Open and think that it wasn’t too bad, but every time he would string together some good shots and card a birdie or two, he would make stupid mistakes that derailed him. That’s the main reason that he only has one top 10 finish this year. The McIlroy of old would’ve finished the first round at three or four under par.
I know everyone says that it’s important not to peak too soon before The Masters so that you can go into the event playing your best golf, but I think McIlroy misunderstood the point of that statement. You’re still supposed to be playing quality, consistent golf leading up to the first major championship of year. Not getting too hot too early does require you to get hot at some point, which is a key component that McIlroy seems to have forgotten to include in the equation.
It’s not too late for him to turn things around before Augusta, but if that’s going to happen it needs to be soon – like today.