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Golf Australia Express : August 2013 - PGA Championship
Tellingly, he just isn’t putting it close enough, often enough, to do any real damage. For a player who has never been the world’s greatest exponent of the putt, the extra three feet from the hole he’s averaging on approach shots this year is making things increasingly difficult. McIlroy’s ability to scramble a par when he misses the green altogether has also deserted him, with his save ratio of just 51 per cent among the worst on Tour. Perhaps more worryingly, his driving accuracy is actually better this year, but between tee and the cup he’s well and truly lost his way. Any golfer will tell you it’s the ability to limit your losses that makes all the difference to the number at the far right of your scorecard. This year, that part of McIlroy’s game has waned badly. He ranks an abysmal 185th when trying to scramble from the rough, managing to avoid a dropped shot just 47.06 per cent of the time when he finds the long stuff. Then there are the intangibles. Have his new Nike clubs blunted his world-beating edge? Unlikely. Has the guarantee of $25 million a year for the next decade taken away the impetus to stay on top? Perhaps. What the stats can’t show you—and what money can’t buy—is confidence, and for Rory McIlroy, that’s terminal. OTG COVER TELL US YOUR THOUGHTS TELL US YOUR THOUGHTS
July 2013 - THE OPEN