Rory McIlroy threw three-wood in the trees next to the New Jersey Turnpike from the ninth tee of Liberty National Golf Course's Liberty National Golf Course. McIlroy stated on Wednesday that while he was frustrated by his shot and his play from the Northern Trust tee, he is also feeling tired mentally and physically.
He said that he played in more than 30 events since he returned to golf in June 2020 at The Charles Schwab Challenge. He'll be playing this week, possibly next week, and in the Ryder Cup. This makes 34 tournaments in 15 months.
"This morning, it was tiring. McIlroy stated that although we had a very long week, just getting out of bed to make it to the 7:20 am pro-am tee took more effort than usual. But yeah, it's all good. It's a lot. It can be difficult to feel refreshed at this point in the season.
McIlroy stated that he probably has played more golf than he should.
McIlroy, who was playing in this week’s BMW Championship after completing Monday in the Northern Trust due to rain delays, said that he only spent 10 minutes at the airport before driving straight to Baltimore to be on the property for the tournament. McIlroy was not able to give a detailed answer when asked about his impression of Baltimore. He didn't take the time to really absorb the information.
He is exhausted from playing as much as possible, but also because he is a new dad and trying to balance work and parenting with all the traveling he does during the season.
It's changed a lot. McIlroy stated that he wants to spend more time at home. "I wanted to get back home in between these events so I flew from New York Monday night so that I could spend a night in my bed Monday and then spend some time with Erica and [his] daughter yesterday. Then I flew up yesterday afternoon. Yes, any opportunity I have to return home, especially since we've been away so long, I'm going for it.
McIlroy must be more efficient and manage his time, especially with the Ryder Cup quickly approaching.
Although he admitted feeling tired, he has already planned his schedule for the match against the Americans which begins Sept. 24. He'll be taking a two week break after playing this week and possibly next week at Tour Championship to prepare for Ryder Cup.
McIlroy is No. McIlroy is ranked 28th in the FedEx Cup rankings. Only the top 30 players make it to the Tour Championship. To ensure that he has a shorter break than he expected, he will need to perform well at the BMW.
McIlroy stated that he had planned to travel to Wentworth to take part in the BMW [European Tour] event on Sept. 9, but it was too much travel and with Ryder Cup coming up, yes, that's going to be a long week. "I have not missed a Ryder Cup session, no matter where you are in Europe or America, particularly. If I play five sessions more, that's a long week. The two weeks after the Tour Championship will be much needed. I'll arrive at the Tour Championship feeling refreshed and ready for anything.