Published: 10:56 | 25/7/19

McIlroy admits need to reassess majors strategy


Ireland’s Rory McIlroy admits he must reassess his strategy in the majors following his disastrous missed cut at the Open in Portrush last week.

The 30-year-old, whose last major victory came in the USPGA at Valhalla in 2014, endured a difficult time on the Co. Antrim links course after posting 79 in his first round.

He did fight back with a second round of 65, but it wasn’t enough and he ended up missing the cut by one shot.

"I think I've learned a lot in the four majors this year in terms of how I've started, how I've played in them, how I've tried to approach them," he said ahead of this week’s WGC-FedEx St Jude Invitational in Memphis, Tennessee.

"I almost tried to downplay the majors this year, tried to treat them like every other event and I've realised they're not, they're not like any other event.

"You need to have a certain mindset, you need to prepare differently.

"I tried a sort of different strategy this year, it didn't quite work for me. I just have to reassess that going forward."

He says he is looking forward to getting back to business after taking a few days off to move house after Portrush.

"I sort of like these events that have no cut," he told the European Tour website.

"You sort of go out there and freewheel from the start. Not that you should have really any sort of a different attitude in regular events, but I've always enjoyed the golf courses that the WGCs have been at.

"Obviously this tournament was in Akron, not here, but I think it's gone from a very strong golf course to another strong golf course. “

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