NORTON, Mass. – A year after winning four times en route to PGA Tour Player of the Year honors, Rory McIlroy is still in search of his first title of the 2013 season. The Deutsche Bank Championship defending champion admitted Thursday that he revised his personal goals earlier this month.
“I reset my goals, I guess, just before Akron,” said McIlroy, who tied for 27th at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. “At that point I had 10 tournaments left in the season; it’s actually gone up to 12 (having added the Australian Open and Northwestern Mutual World Challenge), but I set a few goals for myself until the end of the year.”
When asked to elaborate, the current world No. 4 remained tight-lipped about the specifics of his expectations, both original and revised.
“Not even people around me know what those goals were,” he added. “I’d rather keep them to myself.”
A year ago at this event, McIlroy was just three weeks removed from his PGA Championship triumph at Kiawah. He would go on to win both here and at the BMW Championship the following week, ascending to the top of the FedEx Cup points race before ultimately finishing runner-up to Brandt Snedeker in the final standings. This time around, the Ulsterman views this week’s event as a chance to play his way back into contention for the season-long prize with just three tournaments remaining in the 2013 season.
“I’m on the opposite end of the spectrum, trying to play my way into the Tour Championship,” explained McIlroy, who enters the week ranked 36th in playoff points after a T-19 finish last week at The Barclays. “Hopefully I can be competitive, and still have a chance to win the FedEx Cup going into Atlanta.”