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McIlroy yearns for inspiration after 'going through the motions' in Boston


Rory McIlroy. Photo: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

Rory McIlroy. Photo: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

Rory McIlroy. Photo: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

World No 3 Rory McIlroy admits he feels like he's "going through the motions" after putting in another flat PGA Tour performance in the Northern Trust at TPC Boston.

Struggling with his driver, the Co Down man mixed 19 birdies with 11 bogeys and two triple bogeys, closing with a 69 that left him near the back of the field on two-under.

Fellow Northern Irishman Graeme McDowell said earlier in the week that he needed the "drug" of a US Open or Ryder Cup as playing behind closed doors left him feeling like "a golfing zombie". McIlroy agreed, joking: "I need all the drugs!"

"Yeah, this is going to sound really bad, but I feel like the last few weeks, I've just been going through the motions," said McIlroy, who has managed just one top-20 in six post-lockdown events after clinching a win and five top-fives in his previous six.

"I want to get an intensity and some sort of fire, but I just haven't been able to. And look, that's partly to do with the atmosphere and partly to do with how I'm playing. I'm not inspiring myself and I'm trying to get inspiration from outside sources to get something going. I can definitely see where Graeme is coming from there."

Dustin Johnson certainly wasn't struggling, with the American nine shots clear on 29-under-par when his march to victory was halted with a weather delay with just two holes to play last last night.

On the European Tour, Romain Langasque came from five shots behind overnight leaders Connor Syme and Sebastian Soderberg to clinch his maiden win at the ISPS Handa Wales Open.

Cormac Sharvin shot 76 to finish 63rd on five-over, with Paul Dunne eight-over after a 73 and Jonathan Caldwell nine-over after a 76.

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