On Sunday, after finishing in a tie for second place for the tournament and third place in the FedEx Cup, he felt a twinge of déjà vu.
“Sort of similar, you know, even though in 2012, I shot 74 to sort of put myself out of it,” he said. “It looked like I was going to do the same today apart from those birdies coming in.”
McIlroy entered the final round of the season tied for the tournament lead, but posted a 1-over 71 to finish three strokes behind Billy Horschel.
“I really wanted to win,” he continued. “I really wanted to cap this year off well, even though it's still been a great year. You know, I was coming in here with really high hopes and expectations, and I haven't quite been able to play the golf to live up to those.
“But it's still been a great season for me, and there's still a little bit of golf left, and looking forward, as I said, to this little bit of time off and get back at it maybe next weekend and get ready for the Ryder Cup.”