Rory McIlroy: 'I should have closed it out'

Rory Mc Ilroy

Rory McIlroy bemoaned his weekend display at the BMW PGA Championship and said he ‘should have closed out’ for victory at Wentworth.

The four-time major champion held a three-shot lead through 36 holes after rounds of 67 and 65 but couldn’t replicate that level of performance for the final two days, shooting rounds of 71 and 70 to finish two shots behind Francesco Molinari in second place.

“I’m just disappointed,” said McIlroy, who is teeing it up at this week’s Memorial Tournament. “I was in a great position after two days, struggled yesterday and sort of struggled again today again. I let Francesco get a few shots ahead on me and I just couldn't claw that back.

“The couple of shots that got me yesterday I missed to the right and then today the shots that cost me were missing left. When you have the two sides of the golf course in play, it's a little difficult. I get a bit down on myself because my expectations are high, and with a 36-hole lead, I should have closed it out.”

Read more - Gary Player hits out at Wentworth no-shows

Rory Mc Ilroy1

FOR SALE - This £30m Wentworth mansion!

“But that's not taking anything away from Francesco. He played great and bogey-free around here is some playing. He deserved the win.”

For Molinari, the victory lifts him into the automatic qualifying positions for the 2018 Ryder Cup and, with his home Italian Open this week, confidence levels are running high.

“I feel drained now,” said Molinari, who played in the winning Ryder Cup teams of 2010 and 2012. “I'll have a couple of days off and try to recover as much as possible. It will be a busy week, I'm sure, but yeah, hopefully I can play similar golf to this week and be in contention again. It will be great to go back after a win like this to see many familiar faces, and just celebrate with them.”

Reviewed! TaylorMade M4 driver

Share this Article

share-logo
twitter-logo facebook-logo

Latest Videos See all videos right arrow

play button
TITLEIST TOUR SPEED – Better than the Pro V1???
Titleist
play button
THE SIMPLE WAY TO HIT A LOB SHOT | GOLF EXPLAINED
Golf Lessons
play button
TaylorMade MG2 TW Grind Wedges – Tiger Woods’ secret short game weapon
TaylorMade
play button
A simple drill for perfect timing | IMG Academy
Golf Lessons
See all videos right arrow

Golf News

PGA Tour confirms return of fans at event next month
Amnesty International hits out at LET's Saudi double-header
New study highlights health benefits of golf for older participants
NEW! THE BUNKERED GOLF PODCAST
Ryder Cup star Tony Finau "being sued for $16million"

Other Top Stories

Tiger Woods: Inside his $41million Florida mansion
The very best pubs in St Andrews
The Scottish Golf Course Emoji Quiz!
24 lies every bad golfer tells
Doug Sanders: The extraordinary life of golf's original playboy

Quick Fault 'n' Fixes See all videos right arrow

play button
Denis Pugh’s tips for swinging on plane
Watch
play button
How the Dufner waggle can help your game
Watch
play button
Strengthen the clubface at impact
Callaway
play button
A simple tip to hit the ball higher
Callaway
See all videos right arrow