McIlroy eyes FedExCup boost to transform his season

Wed Aug 24, 2016 3:49pm EDT
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(Reuters) - Rory McIlroy has set his sights on finishing a so-so season on a strong note as he prepares this week for The Barclays, the first of four FedExCup events that conclude the 2015-16 U.S. PGA Tour.

Though the world number five clinched an emotional victory at the Irish Open in May, his first triumph in his national open, he has failed to win on the PGA Tour despite several close calls and missed the cut in two of the four majors.

"I'm trying to judge my year on wins," McIlroy told reporters on Wednesday at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, New York. "There's been one of those (at the Irish Open), which was a very emotional win and something that meant a lot to me.

"But in the bigger scheme of our overall golf year, it wasn't a big win. It wasn't a major; it wasn't a World Golf Championship.

"The weeks that I have played well, I've been solid. Obviously the two missed cuts at the majors were very disappointing, especially the way I missed the cuts."

The Northern Irishman missed the cut by two strokes at the U.S. Open in June and by just one shot at the PGA Championship last month.

"I should have played the weekend in both of them, and I sort of threw it away," said McIlroy.

"It hasn't been the year that I wanted, but I still feel like there's enough golf left this year to salvage it and call it somewhat of a successful season."

McIlroy has not competed in nearly a month, following his missed cut in the PGA Championship at Baltusrol, but he feels refreshed after his lengthy break.   Continued...

Jul 29, 2016; Springfield, NJ, USA; PGA golfer Rory McIlroy tees off on the 16th hole during the second round of the 2016 PGA Championship golf tournament at Baltusrol GC - Lower Course. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports