Rory McIlroy believes having decrease expectations paid dividends as he battled to a top-10 end within the US PGA Championship.
The 34-year-old was feeling underneath the climate and struggling together with his lengthy recreation, however adopted a gap 71 with three straight 69s to complete two underneath par, seven behind winner Brooks Koepka.
“I am going to look again on this week as happy with how I hung in there, and I suppose my perspective and sticking to it, not having my greatest stuff,” stated the Northern Irishman.
McIlroy had minimize a subdued determine earlier than play acquired underneath means at Oak Hill, a legacy of his dispiriting missed minimize within the Masters as his newest try to finish a profession Grand Slam ended prematurely.
“I suppose I simply got here in right here attempting to play a golf match, truthfully not fascinated about getting myself in rivalry. I truthfully did not really feel like I had an opportunity of profitable this week,” he stated.
“I really feel form of shut but additionally so distant on the similar time. It is arduous to clarify. I really feel like typically it was the worst I may have performed, however then on the similar time it is like the very best I may have completed.
“It is bizarre. It simply would not really feel fairly the place it must be and I simply want to return house and work on some stuff. I suppose simply attempt to determine it out.”
Requested if having decrease expectations had labored in his favour, McIlroy added: “Yeah, 100%.
“I used to be extra accepting of issues on the market and I believe it is arduous. The earlier main championship at Augusta, all I take into consideration is profitable, profitable, profitable, to attempt to win that Inexperienced Jacket.
“I then do not actually take into consideration simply taking part in a match and the cadence that goes together with stepping into rounds and no matter.
“I am going to the second tee on Friday afternoon and I see I am already 10 again of Brooks or no matter. So then I am pondering, ‘oh, geez, I’ve no probability of profitable’, and issues form of crumble.
“It is identical to being a bit mentally fragile since you’re so centered on the one factor you are attempting to do when, in essence, you simply have to play a golf match and see the place the chips fall on the finish of the week.”