After two rounds at the BMW Championship, it’s fairly evident that Rory McIlroy is not going to repeat as the tournament champion. The Ulsterman is in last place at 13 over par thanks to opening the event with scores of 78 and 77. At this point, it’s also unlikely that he will qualify for next week’s TOUR Championship. McIlroy entered this week ranked 41st in the FedEx Cup standings and needed a decent showing in order to jump enough of the competition to get into the top 30.
After 36 holes at Conway Farms, McIlroy has managed to card 10 bogeys, four birdies, two double bogeys and a triple bogey. “It’s unfortunate there’s no cut this week,” McIlroy said after his round on Friday. That statement should tell you everything you need to know about his state of mind right now. He’s clearly ready to get the 2013 season in the rear view mirror as quickly as possible. “I’m sort of looking forward to getting to December and drawing a line under the season and starting fresh in 2014,” he said.
I’m not going to so far as to say that McIlroy had an awful year. He has made 13 of 15 cuts on the PGA Tour and has five top-10 finishes, including a solo second result at the Valero Texas Open. If he had relatively normal expectations placed upon him, his season might even look good. It was highly unlikely that McIlroy would repeat what he was able to accomplish last year. It is because of the success he achieved last year that his 2013 season looks much worse than it should.
Maybe being a year removed from his 2012 dominance will help him turn in a 2014 season that is more in line with the expectations of the masses.