Rory McIlroy and his golf clubs need some time apart.
The world's No. 1 player capped off his incredible summer with a T-2 finish at the Tour Championship. Now he can't wait to put his clubs away for a week and recharge before heading to Gleneagles for the Ryder Cup.
"I think a week off will do a lot of us a world of good. It really will," he said Sunday after finishing three strokes behind Billy Horschel at East Lake. "As I said, I don't want to see my golf clubs for a few days and I'll pick them back up again probably at the weekend before. Having these five days off is going to be big, and I think a lot of guys will do the same thing, and I don't think – I don't think tiredness or fatigue will play a part in the Ryder Cup."
McIlroy said he regrets not taking time off in the last four weeks, but he wanted to support the sponsors of the FedEx Cup playoffs.
"These sponsors that are sponsoring the tournaments and the FedExCup playoffs, they're putting up an awful lot of money to get the best players in the world there to their event," he said. "Not that you feel obliged, but you want to support the events and you want to show up and give the sponsors something to be happy about and proud of ... I've got a great relationship with BMW, and that was probably the only reason why I did play in Denver. But at the same time, you know, if I had to do it again, I probably would have taken a week off just to feel a little fresher coming in here."
With the playoffs behind him, McIlroy can now focus on leading Europe in the Ryder Cup.
"I kept saying the last few weeks I haven't really thought about it too much," he said. "But now that all this is over, I'll start thinking about it a lot more over the next few days and obviously get very excited about it. So it is, it's a great way to get right back on the horse and get back at it ... I mean, it's always a phenomenal week, and I'm sure it'll be the same.