Rory McIlroy, the world’s No. 1 golfer, has revealed that he is mentally and physically exhausted. The 29-year-old said he was struggling to find motivation after winning his third major at the US Open in September, but insists there are no regrets about his decision to retire from golf last year.
On the ninth hole at Liberty National Golf Course, Rory McIlroy sent his three-wood into the woods near the New Jersey Turnpike. McIlroy was upset with his stroke and tee play at the Northern Trust, but he also acknowledged on Wednesday that he is emotionally and physically exhausted.
He calculated that he has competed in 33 tournaments since his comeback to golf in June 2020, at the Charles Schwab Challenge. He’ll be in 34 events in 15 months after playing next week and in the Ryder Cup.
“I was exhausted this morning. Look, we all had a hard week last week, too, but just getting out of bed and making it to your 7:20 pro-am tee time required a bit more work today than it normally does “According to McIlroy. “But, yes, it’s just about everything. There’s a lot more golf to be played. It’s difficult to feel energized at this time of year; everything seems to catch up with you.”
McIlroy said that he had played more golf than he should.
McIlroy, who is competing in this week’s BMW Championship after playing through Monday in the Northern Trust due to weather delays, said he spent just 10 minutes at the airport and went directly to Baltimore to stay on site for the event. When questioned about his impressions of the city, he didn’t have much to say since he hadn’t had the opportunity to take it all in yet.
Part of his fatigue is from the amount of time he’s spent on the field, but it’s also from being a new father and attempting to combine work and parenting considering how often he travels throughout the season.
“It’s changed dramatically. I’d want to spend more time at home “According to McIlroy. “I wanted to go home in between these two events, so I came down from New York on Monday night, spent a few hours with (his daughter) yesterday — a few hours with her and Erica — and then flew up here yesterday afternoon. Yes, I’ll accept any opportunity to return home, particularly at this stage in the season when we’ve been gone so long.”
McIlroy must better manage his time and be more efficient than he has ever been, particularly in the coming months as the Ryder Cup approaches.
He admitted to being tired, but he has already arranged his routine for the match against the Americans, which begins on September 24. McIlroy will compete this week, then the TOUR Championship the following week, before taking a two-week vacation to prepare for the Ryder Cup.
McIlroy is presently ranked 28th in the FedEx Cup standings, with only the top 30 players qualifying for the TOUR Championship. To avoid a lengthier layoff than expected, he’ll have to do well at the BMW this week.
“I was planned on going over to Wentworth for the BMW [European Tour event on Sept. 9], but it’s just too much travel, and with the Ryder Cup coming up, yes, that’s a long week,” McIlroy said. “I haven’t missed a [Ryder Cup] session yet, whether it’s in Europe or the United States. So, if I play five sessions again, that’s going to be a long week. So the two weeks off following the Tour Championship will be much needed, and I’ll be fresh and ready to give it my best when I return.”