Major-less McIlroy looks at 2015 as 'a lost year'


ATLANTA – Many players see the Tour Championship as one final chance to leave their mark on the season. Not Rory McIlroy.

Although McIlroy lost ground on Day 2 at East Lake, carding a 1-over 71 that included a bogey at the last, he made it clear he wasn’t looking at the finale as a chance to salvage what has been a difficult season.

“I think it’s a lost year already, just because I didn’t win a major,” said McIlroy, who was tied for fifth, six shots off the lead. “I judge myself on the biggest tournaments and the biggest tournaments we have are the four majors, and I played OK in them but I didn’t win.”

McIlroy finished fourth at the Masters, six strokes behind Jordan Spieth, and tied for ninth at the U.S. Open, but he missed the Open Championship at St. Andrews after injuring his left ankle playing soccer and wasn’t sharp in his return at the PGA Championship where he finished in 17th place.