Rory McIlroy knows he has only a few more chances to salvage what has been an otherwise forgettable 2013 campaign. That’s apparently why he stuck around for the weekend at Carton House, even after missing the cut in The Irish Open.
Most troubling, however: He has only 2 ½ weeks to find a reliable driver for the year’s third major.
“The driver hasn’t been the best club in my bag this year, to be honest,” McIlroy told the Irish Golf Desk. “It’s been a bit of a struggle off the tee. I base my game around that, and if I drive the ball well, I am going to do well.”
The world No. 2 added that he is scheduled to meet with Nike’s equipment team later this week to find that elusive driver. He was spotted on the practice putting green trying out a few different putters, as well.
McIlroy ranks 89th on the PGA Tour in driving accuracy this season, at 60.82 percent. That actually represents an improvement over a year ago, when he captured four PGA Tour titles and was named the Player of the Year. In 2012, he ranked 156th in driving accuracy, hitting 56.61 percent of the fairways.
He’s been even worse with the driver overseas, however. In European Tour events he is hitting just 56.75 percent of the fairways, down from 60.71 percent a year ago. At the Irish Open, where he shot rounds of 74-72 to skip the weekend, he found the short grass just 32 percent of the time.
Some contend that these issues could have been avoided had McIlroy played more early-season events.
“I think the schedule has been a bit light but you live and you learn,” he said, according to the report. “It is always easy in hindsight, but I will learn from it and make sure that it doesn’t happen again. If you are not making mistakes you are not learning, I guess. Everyone makes mistakes and I have made a lot of mistakes but you learn from them and move on.”