As if Rory McIlroy isn’t sick of worrying about when he’s ever going to win the Masters or another major, coming to Muirfield Village might give him a similar type of anxiety.
The future Hall-of-Famer has played excellent golf at Jack’s Place, but McIlroy’s yet to hoist the trophy and shake Mr. Nicklaus’ hand on the 18th green.
In 11 Memorial Tournament starts, McIlroy has made nine cuts, has four top-10s and back-to-back T-18th finishes the last two years.
"“You have to drive it in the fairway, especially this week,” McIlroy was transcribed by ASAP Sports in 2019. “The rough is very thick. And I’ve had — shot some good scores and had some good finishes around here. It suits me well. I think three of the best five putting rounds on Tour I’ve had here. I like the greens here. I’ve felt comfortable on them.”"
Parkland-style courses that favor length and ball striking like this are usually up his alley.
This week will be McIlroy’s only start in between majors. The Northern Irishman is seeking to build off a decent showing at the PGA Championship.
McIlroy lacked his best stuff, but was within shouting distance throughout the week at Oak Hill en route to T-7th.
He’s won once this season on the DP World Tour at the Hero Dubai Desert Classic and once on the PGA Tour at the CJ Cup. McIlroy was also T-2nd at the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard and third at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.
A missed cut at the Masters was a big setback, but the ensuing time he took away from competition might have been the reset he needed to gear back up for the rest of the major championship season and Ryder Cup this fall.
McIlroy leads the PGA Tour in driving distance (326.2) and is 10th in strokes gained per round off-the-tee (1.602). He’s fifth in approach proximity from 175-200 yards (30’11”) and ninth from 150-175 (47’5”).