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McIlroy needs to take final rounds by scruff of the neck: McGinley

 

Rory McIlroy
Rory McIlroy

By Phil Casey

Rory McIlroy is suffering from a lack of confidence after failing to convert numerous winning positions into tournament victories, according to Paul McGinley.

Ryder Cup captain McGinley has seen McIlroy appear in nine final groups on Sundays since the start of 2018 without lifting the trophy, most recently when defending his Arnold Palmer Invitational title at Bay Hill.

McIlroy has at least finished in the top six in all five of his events so far in 2019 ahead of this week's Players Championship at Sawgrass, and McGinley admitted: "One of the things that's been great to watch with Rory over the years is the fact that when he gets hot he gets really hot and he generally wins. That hasn't been the trend the last couple of years.

"He's become a little bit more consistent, we all know how talented he is, but golf is about winning and there's no doubt he's got an issue on a Sunday and it's growing.

"Is it a question of guile? No. He's won big tournaments in the past, but he's lost his confidence when it comes down to the last day.

"Rory is an inspirational player and when he gets inspired, he's great. But he's not got that inspiration on a Sunday.

"I always believe Rory plays his best when he's got a little bit of a chip on his shoulder. That's what I would like to see Rory coming back with on a Sunday, 'Get out of my way, here I come'."

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