Tuesday 6 December 2016

'I was stubborn and too proud': Rory McIlroy offers brutally honest reason for his putting struggles this year

Published 16/11/2016 | 20:20

Rory McIlroy
Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy has shed some light on the reason for his putting woes in 2016, admitting that he was 'too proud' to ask for help.

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The champion golfer is one of the sport's most naturally gifted players, and it seems that McIlroy struggled to come to terms with his inability to master his play on the green as he sought to add to his tally of four majors.

McIlroy slipped out of contention in a host of tournament's this year due to his erratic putting stroke, and he admitted to reporters ahead of the season-ending DP World Championship in Dubai that he was reluctant to seek help.

"I was stubborn and wanted to figure it out on my own, but I really needed a second opinion," said McIlroy, who eventually sought help from putting expert Phil Kenyon and went on to win the Tour Championship and FedEx Cup.

"I always figured that if you figure something out on your own you take ownership of it and it's yours. Whereas I felt like my putting was sometimes what other people were telling me what to do and it was never really mine.

"But sometimes you need a little bit of help and I went and got that in August and it really turned the season around for me."

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