Rory McIlroy believes that his overall performance is improving, despite finishing T28 at last week’s Dubai Duty Free Irish Open. The 29-year-old has struggled to find his best form in 2018, and cut a frustrated figure during his first two rounds at Ballyiffin. Yet according to McIlroy, there is still plenty to be confident about ahead of the upcoming Open Championship.
Failing to meet expectations on home soil is a difficult situation for any golfer, and considering that Rory McIlroy’s ‘Rory Foundation’ was hosting last weekend’s Irish Open at Ballyiffin, the 29-year-old’s poor showing will have been a particularly bitter pill to swallow. Inconsistency has plagued the talented Northern Irishman for much of the last two seasons, but having recovered from a rib injury sustained in 2017, fans had hoped that McIlroy would rediscover his best form by this stage in the 2018 tour.
Of course, it hasn’t been all bad news for Rory. A good showing at the Masters (T5) was closely followed by a second placed finish at the BMW PGA Championship, and those with a keen eye will have noticed a few minor improvements in McIlroy’s game at Ballyiffin.
“There were improvements over the weekend,” McIlroy said. “I hit the ball the best I’ve hit it on Thursday and I felt like I sort of kept it up.
“It maybe wasn’t quite as good the last three days, but I putted a lot better today. I felt a lot better about it so that was great. Sometimes when I get too square with my feet, my upper body can get a little bit left and every putt I was missing was to the left.”
With The Open Championship now on the horizon, McIlroy will have time to reflect on his recent performances, and while the 29-year-old is unlikely to be considered as one of the favourites at Carnoustie, the tournament has often brought the best out of him in the past.
“I feel like I’ve made some improvements over the last couple of days on that and at least I know I’m trending in the right direction heading into the Open Championship.”