Why Hasn't Rory McIlroy Won This Year?

By Neil White
Rory McIlroy
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In his press conference ahead of today’s opening round at The Memorial Tournament, Rory McIlroy offered some interesting insight into the current state of his game.

The world no. 2 feels he hasn’t taken full advantage of good ball striking, but cited wide misses as the main reason he hasn’t won yet this year. “Sometimes in golf it’s not about how good your good shots are, it’s about how much damage your bad shots do,” said McIlroy. That’s something us mere mortals can certainly relate to.

He recalled wide-right misses at the seventh and 11th holes in his third round at The Masters as examples of just how damaging the big miss has been this season. A triple bogey seven at that infamous 11th helped McIlroy to a 79 and effectively ended his Masters challenge.

Since the 24-year-old made the change to the Nike Method putter, he has looked un-assured on the greens, but hopes that two days’ work with Dave Stockton this week will help ease his frustration on the short grass. Stockton famously worked on McIlroy’s putting following the star’s Masters meltdown in 2010.

Looking forward to the week ahead, McIlroy stated that Muirfield Village is a course that he enjoys  and one that sets up well for him. His strategy this week will involve aggression from the tee and keeping on the correct side of the flag.

Sounds simple doesn’t it? The two-time major champion begins his challenge today in the company of Bubba Watson and another of this week’s favourites, Justin Rose.

Neil White is an Irish based golf writer for Rant Sports. You can like him on Facebook, follow him on Twitter, or add him to your Google+ network.

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