Birthday boy McIlroy unfulfilled by top-10 finish


CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Rory McIlroy didn’t give himself the birthday present he wanted Sunday at the Wells Fargo Championship.

With a 2-under-par 70, he earned himself yet another top 10, tying for eighth, but he wasn’t overly excited about it.

“Top ten-ing every week is fine, whatever,” McIlroy said. “You just want wins. It’s another solid week, but they’re top 10s without really getting in contention. I don’t want to just backdoor top-10 it every week. OK, it’s nice, you pick up a nice paycheck, but it doesn’t really get the adrenalin going. I’d much rather be in the mix.”

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McIlroy was serenaded around Quail Hollow on his 25th birthday. He appreciated it, but he was disappointed he couldn’t mount a run at his seventh PGA Tour title.

That’s three consecutive top-10 finishes now for McIlroy, five in seven starts this year in PGA Tour stroke-play events. He’s frustrated, however, that his only chance to win among them was his second-place finish at the Honda Classic.

“It's solid,” McIlroy said. “It’s not really what I want, but it's going in the right direction. I feel like I'm improving a little bit each and every week and, you know, hopefully one of these weeks it will all come together for me.”