McIlroy can silence the doubters and come good again at the USPGA
Rory McIlroy has undoubtedly endured a terrible year.
The Northern Irishman has yet to win since his switch to his new manufacturer at the start of the season and is in a seemingly downward spiral.
His woeful performance at Murifield in the Open saw him miss the cut as he displayed what he himself branded ‘brain dead’ golf.
Since his win in the PGA Championship in 2012 the 24-year-old has yet to finish in the top 20 of a Major and needs to address his worrying lack of form.
However, there is hope for McIlroy and his supporters.
At this stage last year his performances in the Big Four had been even more catastrophic. He missed the cut at the US Open, ended tied 40th at the Masters and tied 60th at the Open.
However, despite those poor performances he came into the last Major of the year and went on to obliterate the field by eight shots, retaining his place at the top of the leaderboard all weekend.
Much has been made of his five wins in 2012, but it is worth noting that three of those successes came after his poor display in Lytham.
His previous performances at this Major have also been mightily impressive, with two tied-thirds to go alongside his win. This is a tournament he clearly enjoys.
The world number three is 25/1 to retain his crown when they tee off at Oak Hill Country Club, a great price for a player of undoubted quality.
The Holywood-born man has vowed to see a psychologist in order to sort out the mental issues affecting him. If he can come out with a clear mind his game is sure to find its way back to where it should be, making the aforementioned price great value.
Last year he bounced back from his 60th place at Royal Lytham, finishing tied 5th at the Bridgestone Invitational, a tournament where he has registered top 10 finishes in the previous three years.
McIlroy is set to take time off before competing in the same event this time round and should he turn it on at Firestone Country Club his PGA price is sure to plummet.
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