Golf: McIlroy speaks after shot accidentally hits father
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Rory McIlory has admitted he is feeling ‘jaded’ ahead of next month’s Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits after an extremely busy 2021 season.
Speaking before this week’s second FedEx Cup play-off event at the BMW Championship the four-time major champion admitted an element of tiredness has kicked in, as the PGA Tour campaign comes to an end.
McIlroy said: “I think I feel like a lot of guys feel right now, a little jaded, a little tired, End of the season, there’s been a lot of golf, so a lot of travel.
“So I’m just sort of getting through it, to be honest. I’m going day by day and just trying to get through it as best I can and try to make it to next week. After that, two weeks off before the Ryder Cup.”
A whirlwind PGA Tour season will come to an end at next week’s Tour Championship in the FedEx Cup finale. However, before then the 70 remaining players from the FedEx standings will head to Caves Valley for this week’s penultimate play-off event.
McIlroy goes into this week’s tournament in Maryland on the back of a recent hectic schedule that has seen him play in two majors, the Olympic Games, a World Golf Championship and a FedEx Cup play-off (with another to come this week) in the space of two months across three different continents.
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As a result, the 32-year-old is more than looking forward to the two week break that follows next week’s Tour Championship before the Ryder Cup gets underway in Wisconsin on September, 24.
He commented: “I think having two weeks off after the Tour Championship is going to be nice. I was planning to go over to Wentworth to play the BMW PGA, but it’s just too much travel.
“And with what’s coming up with Ryder Cup, that’s a long week, no matter if you’re in Europe or the States, especially as I haven’t missed a session yet. So say I play five sessions again, yeah, it’s a really long week.”
McIlroy went on to add: “So the two weeks off after the Tour Championship are going to be well needed, and I’ll go in there nice and refreshed and ready to give it my all.”
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Despite eyeing up a two-week break following next week’s FedEx Cup finale at East Lake, the two-time FedEx Cup winner could be resting sooner than he would have liked with his spot in Atlanta next week still in the balance.
Following this week’s BMW Championship, only the top 30 from the FedEx standings will earn a spot at next week’s final at East Lake and with the 32-year-old sitting precariously in 28th, he will need a good showing at Caves Valley to ensure his Tour Championship spot.
Therefore, McIlroy says he will have to dig deep for his place inside the top 30 to make sure he plays in next week’s finale, despite his recent fatigue.
He said: “I’m just taking it day by day. The game feels pretty good, energy levels are sort of trying to dig deep at this point, but yeah, try and keep going and try and put in a good finish this week to make sure I’m in Atlanta next week.”
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