Published On: Mon, Jun 29th, 2020

Rory McIlroy curses ‘dumb mistakes’ as he plans a break from competition | Golf | Sport

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Rory McIlroy cursed ‘dumb mistakes’ after a frustrating week at the Travelers Championship, as Dustin Johnson claimed his 21st win since 2008. McIlroy finished T11, six shots back from Johnson after a final round of 67.

McIlory had started the event in sensational form with a seven under round of 63, but was unable to find that level in the days following.

He carded 68, 69, and 67 on his way to a share of 11th place, but he admits some poor decision making held him back.

McIlroy is yet to hit top gear following the restart having finished T32 at the Charles Schwabb and T41 at the RBC Heritage.

“It’s been frustrating in a way,” said McIlroy. “There’s been some really good stuff in there, but then just some really stupid mistakes. Even today, like I got off to a good start and then bogeyed some easy holes.

“It’s a little too up and down, a little bit roller coaster-ish, where it didn’t really feel like that before we stopped. It was sort of quite consistent and sort of building sort of rounds very nicely, a lot of pars, a few birdies, not many mistakes.

“Just over the last few weeks I’ve made too many mistakes, too many bogeys, too many loose shots, and that was sort of what it was this week, as well.

“My decision making was terrible the last few days. Just some stupid shots and trying to take too much on at times. I think probably playing a little bit and just being a little more thoughtful on the course. Yeah, it’s just dumb mistakes in there that I don’t usually make.”

And the world no 1 is now considering some more time off before he gets going again.

“The way I’m feeling right now, I feel like a couple of weeks off,” he added.

“Mentally it’s just getting back into that tournament routine, tournament mode, and that’s why I wanted a couple of weeks off more than anything else.

“It’s just the mental aspect of it, and especially when you are frustrated. I’ve been frustrated on the course the last three weeks, not being sort of in contention, and it sucks going off in the middle of the pack on a Sunday, knowing that you don’t really have a chance.

“Yeah, a couple of weeks at home maybe, just reset and start again.”

Johnson claimed his first win in 16 months to maintain his record of a win on tour every year for the last 13 years.

Only Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer (17), Billy Casper (16) and Lee Trevino and Tiger Woods (14) have had longer streaks.

“Any time you’re mentioned with those guys, with Tiger, Jack, I think Arnie, you’ve got to feel good about that because they’re the best that’s ever played this game,” Johnson said.

“Any time your name is mentioned in the same sentence with them, I’m very happy.”



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