NORTON, Mass. – Rory McIlroy began working with English putting coach Phil Kenyon last week and according to the Northern Irishman the two have been busy.
“Green reading’s different, setup's different, aiming the putter's different, so everything is, as I said, it's a work in progress,” McIlroy said on Thursday at TPC Boston.
McIlroy’s putting seemed to reach a tipping point at the PGA Championship where he missed the cut after hitting 20 of 28 fairways and 27 of 36 greens in regulation. That he needed 65 putts through two rounds ended his major championship hopes for 2016.
McIlroy’s putting was slightly better last week at The Barclays, where he tied for 31st with 120 putts (he ranked 48th in the field in total putts). He conceded it’s going to be a long-term fix and his goal is to be entirely comfortable with the new stroke by next spring’s Masters.
He explained on Thursday at the Deutsche Bank Championship that he’s been missing putts left and that was causing him to “under read” putts.
With Kenyon, who also works with Henrik Stenson, McIlroy said he’s trying to get his right side in better sync with the rest of his body.
“I'm in constant touch with Phil, I feel like he's obviously the way to go for me right now and we'll see how it goes and work hard at it and hopefully I start to see little improvements each and every week,” McIlroy said.