McIlroy concedes he should've added more events


PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Rory McIlroy finally conceded that he should have added a few tournaments at the start of the season.

After making his highly publicized switch to Nike at the beginning of the year, the world No. 2 played only 4 1/2 competitive rounds by the time he showed up for the first World Golf Championships event of the season, at Doral.

Instead of adding an event during, say, the European Tour’s desert swing, he was left scrambling, opting to sign up for the Valero Texas Open as a final, last-minute tune-up for the Masters.  

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No matter. McIlroy now thinks he has turned the corner, and he hasn’t finished worse than 25th in his last three starts, including a runner-up in San Antonio. He leads the Tour’s all-around statistic.

“I felt that if it felt good in practice, it would feel good on the course, but I had to play tournament rounds,” he said Wednesday at The Players. “I had to play to really know how it felt under pressure when I’m on the course. That’s what I really found out the most about the equipment and what I needed from it.

“So if I had to do it again, I’d probably play a couple extra tournaments at the start of the year just to learn a little bit more. But once I did play those tournaments, I seemed to figure it out pretty quickly.”