Rory McIlroy will spend his week off working hard on various aspects of his game following a “disappointing” debut at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. McIlroy did manage to close with his best round of the tournament, a seven-under 64 that had him knocking on the door of another top 10 finish, but he was left to rue another week of too many costly mistakes that also proved his undoing in Abu Dhabi and at Torrey Pines last week.
“It’s been disappointing,” Mcllroy said. “I had two very pedestrian runs, but I played a little better on Friday and then I played better today.”
“I putted better, and I really struggled on these greens to read them more than anything else. With greens that I haven’t seen before, I used the green book a bit and I did that for three days and didn’t really work, so I just sort of went with my eyes and my gut today and it helped,” he added.
“I maybe trusted it a little better and holed some putts, which was nice. I hit some putts on the practice green with the mirror, and then I actually used the line on the ball for the first time in a while, and then I used the line on the ball out there today.” Mcllroy continued. “So it was just more of a trust thing. Once you put the line down on the ball you’re committed to, Okay, this is where I’m going to start it. Just that a little bit of extra trust helped.”